In the field

A plantation of Brachychiton rupesliis, a native Australian succulent (and a caudici-form). They can tolerate frosts as well as harsh dry conditions and will be shapely by themselves, increasing in beauty and value with age. They are generally dwarf compact trees without ever growing too tall or having branches that could break and fall. Brachychitons can be grown in large pots and tubs where they can easily be pruned into interesting shapes as with bonsai. Brachychiton rupesliis also has a history of use by the indigenous people of central Queensland. The seeds, young roots and shoots are cooked and eaten. The wood contains a nutritious jelly. By making a hole in the trunk, a watery sap can be obtained for drinking.

5 Commercial plantation of Brachychiton rupesliis. Each plant displays individual characteristics which arc accentuated by pruning.

►► Alexander pruning growing lips 10 make the trees grow bushier. Cockatoos and insects also do this naturally but haphazardly!

As one reaches the far side of the property, the essential farm dam comes into view. A pathway leads onto the surroundiing embankment garden. Two Brachychiton rupesIris greet you on either side of the entry path.

J A superb and ancient Brachychiton rupesiris in habitat which has just dropped its leaves. This is uncommon for this plant as it mostly retains foliage throughout the year.

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