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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

Breeding and Selection of Brachychiton

Des Boorman

pp: 159-160


Why Brachychiton?

  • Beautiful trees naturally.
  • Ornamental trunks and foliage.
  • Free flowering.
  • Colours, white, red, pink, orange, and greenish.
  • Flowers up to 50 mm long and 40 mm wide in some species.
  • Many are deciduous flowerers.
  • Flowering period can be many months.
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Not likely to become weeds.
  • These make ideal characteristics for breeding.

Some Drawbacks. Some species may have flowers that upon falling could be a slip hazard to pedestrians and motorcycles. Brachychiton discolor F. Muell is such a species that produces muscilaginous excretions from fallen flowers. This results in an extremely slippery surface when it falls onto hard-paved areas.

Substantial juvenility periods may hinder breeding and assessment programs.

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