This tree is one of my personal favorites. I think most of these have already bloomed around town, but there are still a couple blooming around town that I’ve passed recently on my bike rides. Brilliant! Could you imagine this tree planted next to a Jacaranda tree? They both bloom and drop their flowers about the same time – the colors would be stunning against the sky and, even better would be a carpet of orange and purple blossoms! Has anyone seen these two planted next to each other?
The Australian Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is native to…..well, guess. It loves sun, and once established, is drought tolerant. You can plant it year round anywhere around Southern California except the mountains and the desert. These trees can grow to 45-50 feet high and 25 feet across. Like jacaranda trees, these trees drop leaves, then flowers, so there are messy times during the year that have to be endured. It’s a small price to pay….