Bottle Tree - Brachychiton Rupestris

Group of Bottle Trees in Thailand

Common Name: Bottle Tree
Scientific Name: Brachychiton Rupestris
Height: 18 - 20 m max, typically 12 m
Span: 5 - 12 m
Growth Rate: 1 m diameter trunk after 40 years, 2 m diameter after 80 years
Sun Tolerance: Full Sun
ABP index: 4.0 (Aesthetics 4, Solidarity 4)

The bottle tree is a native of Queensland, Australia. It gets its name from the bottle shape trunk that develops after 5 - 8 years. The bottle tree stores water in its trunk and its seeds, roots, stems and bark provide food for the animals and aboriginals. Did Coke copied their bottle design from the bottle tree? Nature has good design taste.

A bottle tree at bottle tree village, Singapore
Young bottle trees in cultivation

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