Information about Brachychiton discolor

Brachychiton discolor, commonly known as the Lacebark Kurrajong or Queensland Lacebark, is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree that belongs to the family Malvaceae. It is native to eastern Australia, where it can be found in New South Wales and Queensland.

The tree can grow up to 10-15 meters tall and has a spreading crown with a trunk that can reach up to 1 meter in diameter. The bark of the tree is smooth, thin and sheds in patches, revealing a greenish-grey underbark. The leaves are simple, alternate and lobed, and are usually around 10-20 cm long and 8-15 cm wide. They are bright green above and paler below.

The flowers of Brachychiton discolor are bell-shaped, about 5 cm long, and have five petals that are usually pink to red in color. They appear in clusters at the end of the branches in spring and early summer. The fruit of the tree is a woody capsule that is about 10 cm long and contains many small seeds.

Brachychiton discolor is a hardy and drought-tolerant tree that is often used in landscaping and as an ornamental plant. Its wood is used for furniture and carving, while its bark has been traditionally used by Indigenous Australians for making string and nets. The tree also has cultural significance for Indigenous Australians and has been used in ceremonies and for medicinal purposes.