Brachychiton Acerifolius leaf variations

All of these leaf pictures were taken from one Brachychiton Acerifolius (Illawara Flame tree) on the same day. As you can see these trees have a significant amount of variation from one leaf to another even on the same tree. I have seen leafs with just one lobe to leaves with up to nine lobes although typically they have three, five or seven lobes.

Flame Kurrajong leaf

The leaves in these pictures are about 6-8 inches long and have a smooth texture.

Illawarra flame tree leaf

Brachychiton Acerifolius leaf

It is also very common for leaves to be irregular in shape with the lobe on one side being more fully formed than the opposite lobe on the other side.
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1 comment:

  1. I have seen Q. ruber with large ovate, lobeless leaves growing from a point of pruning on the same tree as the lobed leaves of the oak. Does anyone have any idea why this might be happening?