Breeding and Selection of 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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