Illawarra Flame tree

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Illawarra Flame tree

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have recently beeen given this tree, grown from a seedling, can I bonsai it, what is the process and when should I do it.

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Re: Illawarra Flame tree

Post by shibui »

There are quite a few threads dealing with Illawarra flame tree already on Ausbonsai. The search button top right will help you find them.

There are quite a few growers using various Brachychiton species, including acerifolius, as bonsai. They all seem to tolerate root pruning in warmer weather so now would be a good time. All the species I know of sprout new shoots pretty well after pruning, even when cut back to bare wood.
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Re: Illawarra Flame tree

Post by Milo »

Hi Leon.

Sorry about the slow response . watering, wire on, wire off, and pruning , you know how it is.

Not sure how big your tree is. but if it is still small wire and put some shape into it . Keep in shade with wire on and remove and rewire weekly till it holds shape.

Flame trees are semi Deciduous ( Brachychiton acerifolius ) and can be leaf pruned 2 to 3 times a year to reduce leaf size, if not you can have leaf size as big as your hand.
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The leaves are only replaced at the end of each branch and branches need to be finger thick before cutting back to induce ramification.

All branch cuts need to be sealed

Best of Luck


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