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Lacebark Tree

Brachychiton discolor

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Lacebark Tree (Brachychiton discolor) at Roger's Gardens

Lacebark Tree flowers

Lacebark Tree flowers

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Lacebark Tree (Brachychiton discolor) at Roger's Gardens

Lacebark Tree bark

Lacebark Tree bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Queensland Lacebark


This drought tolerant tree is perfect for dry, sandy sites; large foliage is lobed and deep green, and is partially shed in the dry season; showy clusters of red or pink bell flowers in summer; an impressive accent tree

Ornamental Features

Lacebark Tree is clothed in stunning clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers with red overtones at the ends of the branches from mid to late summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy tan pods displayed from late summer to early fall. The furrowed gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Lacebark Tree is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lacebark Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Lacebark Tree will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Fruit  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features