Brachychiton acerifolius - Flame Tree
Brachychiton acerifolius is one of the world's most beautiful flowering trees. Most of the year it is the perfect shade tree, with a straight trunk and a canopy of fluttering green leaves. In late spring, it explodes with tiny red blossoms that totally cover the branches.
Flame Tree is native to Australia. A fast grower, it soon reaches 30' and keeps its interesting shape without pruning. It thrives in zones 9-11, needs full sun, good drainage, no attention. Once established, it's completely drought tolerant and can handle freezes for short periods of time.
Brachychiton makes an extraordinary bonsai. It grows easily from seed.