Brachychiton ×excellens Guymer

A horticultural hybrid between B. bidwillii and B. discolor. Trees deciduous, to 10 m tall. Bark slightly fissured and tesselated. Leaf blades mostly 10-15 cm or more long and wide, shiny, lobes 3-5, entire, cut beyond the middle. Flowers in clusters, 3.5-4.5 cm long, 3-4.5 cm wide, bright red-pink, red-brown at the base outside; late spring to early summer. Fruit 9-12 cm long, beaked, covered with yellow-brown hair, ellipsoid; seeds about 1 cm long.

Deciduous; leaf blade with brownish hair below and lobes cut beyond the middle.

NSW: Dubbo (an F1 hybrid in a Dubbo garden was used as the seed source for what is now a fine avenue of trees in Rawson St, a wide range of seedling variation is demonstrated). VIC: Carlton Gardens (road safety track); Geelong (Geelong Botanic Gardens).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Sterculiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Brachychiton Schott & Endl.