Interesting Facts About Bottle Trees
Shape and form varies from short -squat, thick-thin,
bent-straight, and twin trunks - A Supreme Feature Tree.
Reflects individual character
and suited for any landscape
Grows to only 4-7 metres in urban
areas, so ideal for the suburban front or rear yard.
Grows quickly to 3-5 metres tall
and stays at that height for many years and spends the early years forming
its bottle shape.
Fast Growth of trunk when planted in full sun
with proper care. Suits most soil types. Contact us for advice on how to
Frost tolerant when established down to minus -8ºC.
Irregular deciduous - leaves may not fall every year and
then only some branches. Leaves develop in 5 different stages.
Flowers are cream - may not flower every year.
Bottle begins to form under ground when 10cm high.
The trunk may excrete sap during wet weather.
They put down
single or multiple tap roots, that look like a carrot with some surface
Good for growing in lawns and garden beds -
they won't rob
Canopy can be heavily pruned to form compact, smaller shape.
Bottle Trees generally produce a squat bottle shape.
Bottle Trees produce slender longer bottle shapes.
Tap roots can be
heavily pruned and used as a pot plant or
They make special
Pot Plants and
Bonsai with dense canopies and interesting trunks
and root structures.
Can be transplanted at any age and
when mature for landscape designs.
The Bottle Tree is
NOT related to The Boab Tree of
Western Australia and South Africa.
Bottle Trees are increasing in popularity, people just
marvel at their sheer beauty and uniqueness.
People love the photo opportunities and shade Bottle Trees
No two Bottle Trees are alike – check the many photos on
our website to see just some of the difference shapes and sizes.
Bottle Trees are extremely hardy and cope well with
transplanting at any age.
Bottle Trees tolerate heavy canopy and root pruning.
Highly environmentally friendly.
Bottle Trees are a true Australian Native Tree that will
grow virtually anywhere.
From the end of December 2005
the Environmental Protection Authority, Qld
stopped all harvesting of Bottle Trees from
the bush and farms for transplanting and
only propagated stock allowed to be sold.
Bottle Trees are a protected
All shapes and sizes: Bottle trees are not uniform
in either the trunk dimensions and shape or heights and we encourage natural
growth and do not attempt to artificially make them uniform in any way.
Size: The size varies from 4-7
metres in height when grown in urban areas.
In natural bush where they compete for light in
denser surroundings they do grow taller.
Trunks: Bottle shaped
in varying heights, widths and shapes. Generally the smaller in height the
large the bottle and more well rounded. Above 6 metres the bottle shape
will tend to be more slender with a longer neck.
Bark: Smooth and green
on juvenile trees; rough, grey and furrowed on adult trees.
Canopy: On 4-5 metre
high trees the canopy spread can range from 3-4 metres. In most instances
the foliage is dense so provides good shade and safe haven for birds.
Leaves: These develop through five distinctive
1. Two seed leaves
2. Alternating single "finger" leaves up to 20cm long.
3. "Hand" leaves which are divided into 2,3,4,7, or 9 segments.
4. Groups of "finger" leaves.
5. Adult Leaves
The Bulb (Roots): This
begins to form underground when seedlings are as small as 10cm high and slowly
elongate, protruding above ground level as the tree increases in age and
height. Young trees growing a tap root to about 1 metre then grow finer
surface roots from the base of the bulb (bottle). Because the surface
roots are sparse, the bottle tree is suitable for growing in lawns and in garden
beds, as they don't compete for nourishment and moisture.
Wood: It is a softly,
pithy, fibrous substance of no commercial value.
How Much Area Do They Nee To
Generally a 3 square metre site,
this will allow for a fine
canopy to develop. A
smaller area is okay, but the
canopy will need to be pruned,
which promotes thick growth for
excellent shade cover.
More examples of the majestic beauty
the Queensland Bottle Tree exhibits
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Bottle Tree Plantations
PO Box 2867,
Toowoomba. Qld. 4350 Australia.
Phone: free call land-line only 1800 201 567
0412 222 535