The Bush Kurrajong (Brachychiton Discolor) is also called the Lacebark tree by some. It is a member of the Brachychiton genus of tree species that are all native to Australia. I have been studying the 5-6 different members of this tree family that are grown as urban trees in the south of Spain. In fact there are four different species of Brachychitons planted on my street within about 50 meters of my front entrance. These tree pictures come from one of these trees.
For quite some time I was quite confused with these trees until I realized that several of the trees on my block were hybrids. It turns out that there are several naturally occurring hybrids that are usually found in along the overlapping zones between the natural ranges of different brachychiton species. The B.discolor crosses with B.acerifolius to produce a hybrid that has been given the name "Clarabelle" which is one of the hybrids on my street. Another hybrid that I believe is present is a cross between b.discolor and B.populneus which is called "Griffith Pink".
The tree in these pictures though is what I believe to be the true B. discolor. Don´t quote me on this however since I am a long ways from Australia and with so many hybrids around this to may in fact be some sort of cross. Notice the bees in the two pictures above, they go from tree to tree along my street which means that they are probably an active agent in the cross pollination process.
One of the distinctive features of this brachychiton species is the fuzzy texture on the flower buds, flowers and seed pods. The color of this fuzzy almost felt like exterior is a sort of tan or skin color.
The leaves of this species, like all of the brachychitons, vary greatly from leaf to leaf. The two below were on the same branch and illustrate that this tree can have simple shaped leaves or multiple lobed leaves with 3-7 lobes. The leaves also tend to be somewhat asymmetrical with the lobe on one side having a slightly different shape than the opposite lobe.
Below are the fuzzy seed pods of the Bush Kurrajong in the typical five star pattern. They also grow with 2, 3 or 4 seed pods in the cluster as well. The seeds of this tree are reputed to be edible but I have never tried them. I did once try to extract them from the seed pod which was quite an endeavor. Each of these seed pods is about 3-4 inches long.
Brachychiton Acerifolius - Flame tree
Brachychiton populneus - Lacebark Kurrajong
Brachychiton bidwillii - Littel Kurrajong