The Kurrajong is a flowering tree that has bell-shaped flowers and an enlarged, tapered trunk. It is native to Australia. The shape of the trunk is an adaption to a warm, dry climate. The tree stores water in the enlarged trunk. The leaves are very variable in shape. They may be simple and pointed or variously 3-9 lobed. The lobes may be broad and rounded or very narrow and slender. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree in warm regions. Hardy in zones 9-12.
Growing Instructions for the Kurrajong
- Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seed in water for several hours. 3. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 4. Put the mixture in a pot with drainage holes in the base. 5. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 6. Put the seeds on the soil. 7. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 8. Water the seeds and keep the soil moist but not wet. 9. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 10. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.