Australian Bottle Tree (Brachychiton populneus)


Australian Bottle Tree

Brachychiton populneus

  • Other common names Kurrajong, Bottle Tree
  • An excellent evergreen shade tree with a distinctive canopy shape
  • Great as a privacy screen or windbreak
  • When young, the trunk tapers like a bottle, hence the common name

With an Australian Bottle Tree in your yard you can enjoy a low-maintenance, evergreen shade tree with a unique shape, bright green foliage and smooth gray bark perfect for adding curb appeal and interest to any kind of landscape. The pretty, bell-shaped, white flowers with red speckles add to its charm. They are also known by their botanical name, Brachychiton populneus, and this Australian native can be found growing in coastal and subcoastal regions in its native habitat, and here in Houston, we like to use them as a lush privacy screen that provides plenty of cool, shady relief. Their narrow, upright form allows them to be used in closed-in areas and they also look beautiful as a stand-alone specimen in a large open space. We also like to plant them in rows, where they can create an effective wind barrier!

Homeowners and landscapers alike rave about their easy-to-care-for features. In fact, once established, they are ultra-drought tolerant trees that require little to moderate water use! If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant that requires little care after establishment, the Australian Bottle tree is sure to please!

Shade, privacy, wind protection, beauty – you get all this and more with an Australian Bottle tree. At Big Tex Tree Nurseries, we are the growers so that we can assure their quality. We have been growing these bottle tree plants for over 20 years, from our premium quality specimens for trees that are healthier, hardier, and better-looking. We take pride in offering the freshest trees for any size landscape! Visit any of our Houston area nurseries and pick out the perfect trees, shrubs, and other plants for the perfect spot in your yard!


Tall and narrow evergreen shade tree

Well known for distinctive canopy shape

Bright green leaves and gray or green trunks

Water Wise - Ultra drought tolerant