Was out plant shopping and found this on a tag. Was on Brachychiton acerfolius ans B. bidwillii. have never seen these for sale ever and could find no clerk to ask ?? Found nothing on the net Anybody know??
Hmmm - isn't that the way everybody used to do sales back in the olden daysÃ¢ÂÂ¦..?
They may have put that on the plant because it grows into a 100' plus tree.
Checked with RBG in Australia . Produces thin hairs in the seed pods which are a skin irritant and can lead to blindness If alergic can lead to swelling of lips tongue avoid breathing . seek immediate medical attention.
Think I'll skip that one ?? lol thanks gary
Plant attributes Common name Little Kurrajong
Botanical name Brachychiton bidwillii
Plant type(info) Small Tree
Foliage retention(info) Semi-deciduous
Flower colour(info) Pink
Foliage colour(info) Dark green
Bird attracting(info) Yes, nectar
Plant size(info) 2 to 5 metres high, 2 to 3 metres wide
Suitability Climate zones(info) Dry tropical, dry subtropical, humid tropical, humid subtropical, temperate
Light requirements(info) Sun
Borewater tolerance(info) Yes
Frost tolerance(info) Light
Soil type(info) Clay, loam, sand
Other soil information Well drained
sorry for the double post. Computer is wonky today
Interesting ,you didn't mention any of the things I related in my post ?? Got that info from the RBGns there.
I think it only relates to B acerfolium ?? gary
The brachychiton seed pods are shaped like a boat and when ripe, split open to expose a couple of rows of hard seeds, which are encased in a papery covering. (Acerifolius are a bright yellow) The seed husk is covered with, and the inside of the pod lined with, small hairs that are intensely irritating - and difficult to dislodge from your fingers. Certainly would be painful for a small child who experimented. I haven't had an allergic reaction other than to the pain until they finally dislodge but I warn people about them. I've collected seed from both species for many years and handle them cautiously with gloves and pliers.
I have A bidwillii growing in my yard and it's quite a sight in flower. Acerifolious is a real stunner. Seed-grown plants can be hit or miss in terms of wow factor, so there has been a lot of work done here in australia to produce some superior flowering forms and those are now sold grafted here.
The pods take a very long time after flowering before they ripen. Near to 12 months. And generally the pods fall somewhat intact, or are retained on the tree even longer and attacked by insects.
So people who want to grow one shouldn't really be put off by the pods, as they can be cut off the tree long before reaching maturity.
Also the trees don't generally reach anything like the height mentioned. Like a lot of australian rainforest trees, if they are grown hard in an open position they are generally fairly compact for many many years.
Acerifolius is used a fair bit in my area as park trees or street-scaping, and wouldn't much exceed 15 feet in as many years. Given GOOD conditions however they would get to double that. I have only seen a couple of hybrids in Brisbane that would be maybe 80 years old and they certainly are large specimens, probably 40 feet.
Have never seen one growing here nor offered in nurseries and piqued my interest with the warning. have never seen that on any labels lol
haven't checked but there may be some law about them if that dangerous. In any event I already have a lot of plants that irritate me though not in that way lol
Thanks for the info!!! gary