Queensland Bottle Tree

TrooperRatSeptember 8, 2012

I saw one of these at a home, it was a mature tree at least 20 feet tall. It had a bottle like appearance to it, hence the name bottle tree. But this is a Queensland bottle tree and it's base trunk gets REALLY fat! Very cool looking tree and the only one I ever saw was at that house. Does anyone else have one? I just bought a sapling off of Ebay and planted it straight into the ground (versus leaving it in a pot for a few years as I have read others have done with them). It is growing nicely and putting out new leaves. Hopefully will survive the upcoming winter.

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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Interesting tree. Doesn't sound like a tree for anyone without a lot of patience as it seems to take many years to develop its unique fat trunk. Australia seems to be the mecca for strange fauna and flora.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aussie bottle tree

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 10:55AM
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TrooperRat

I've looked for a long time now and this was the first time I actually found a sapling versus everyone else selling seeds. I wanted to bypass the seed planting part and at least have something that is already growing, but you are correct, it will be a long time before it actually starts looking like an actual bottle tree. Like minimum 4 or 5 years and that's just at the beginning of it. But, I don't mind, I'm just glad to get something started. I am going to buy a couple of more and plant them around the property.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 7:24PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Congrats on the sapling. Any pics?? Good luck and definitely keep us posted! Happy gardening, and thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 8:01PM
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richsd

Yeah, I took some seeds off a tree near San Diego. I haven't sprouted them yet.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:52AM
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TrooperRat

Well, it's been a while and yes, it's a very slow growing tree. It's only a foot and a half tall but it is doing well. The recent frost didn't affect it at all. I guess it apparently has growing seasons.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 10:05AM
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