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Brachychiton populneus (Schott & Endl.) R.Br.

Pl.Jav.Rar. 234 (1844)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Tree, 3-7(-20) m high. Fl. green-cream/white, Dec.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 21 September 1999


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Cross.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Capel, Chittering, Greater Geraldton, Murray, Northam, Perth, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Subiaco, Yilgarn.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Tree. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Birds, rats and possibly other mammals. Time to first flowering. Possibly 8+ years. Vegetative regeneration strategy. Resprouts. Woody structure. Diffuse porous. Seedbank persistence. Short, days-1 year. Fire response. Can resprout from basal dormant buds following fire.

Notes. Semi deciduous in winter.

Additional information. Origin. Eastern Australia. History of use/introduction. Garden escape, planted as a street tree.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull seedlings. For mature plants try stem injection with 50-100% glyphosate or apply 250 ml Access® in 15 L of diesel to basal 50 cm of trunk (basal bark) or cut and paint with 50% glyphosate. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering               O Y Y Y O  
Fruiting     Y Y Y Y Y            
Optimum Treatment Y Y Y Y         Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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