Brachychiton populneus – Kurrajong

The Brachychiton populneus, commonly known as the Kurrajong, is a medium to a small-sized tree which is found naturally in Australia in a diversity of habitats from the wetter coastal districts to semi-arid interiors of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Brachychiton populneus is an evergreen Tree growing up to 59ft.

It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to July.


The species is monoecious individual flowers are either male or female, however, but both sexes can be, found on the same plant.

It is suitable for light sandy, medium loamy and heavy clay soils also prefers well-drained soil.

It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

A Brachychiton populneus is, registered in Los Angeles as a California Big Tree.

It measures 48 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 143 inches and a crown spread of 54 feet.


The Kurrajong or Brachychiton populneus tree is a handsome evergreen species with a fast growth rate.

Young trees grow with an upright habit; mature plants develop a round dome shape.

Foliage consists of glossy medium green, long, leaves that shimmer in the wind similar to poplars.

Large numbers of creamy-white and pink bell-shaped flowers are produced from early to mid-spring and are most noticeable when they fall on the ground.

Large clusters of woody seed pods appear in summer and will persist for a long time.