Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This is why these trees are no good as street trees

It's the Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolia) and I've had a crack at them before, but this is why.

This specimen in Mt Claremont is old - you can tell that by the 600mm trunk - yet it's only managed to put on this much canopy.

Barely enough to shade a shrew!

Add to that they always look a bit chlorotic on our alkaline coastal plain and we really shouldn't be planting them any more.

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