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A large, spreading, deciduous tree up to 12-18m tall. The trunk and branches have light coloured bark and stout prickles 5-10mm long. Leaves are bright green, and broad oval to heart-shaped, up to 20cm long. Flowers occur in late winter, and are dark orange, 50-60mm long, and in clusters on the branch tips from August to October.
Naturalised in disturbed places, cliffs, along roadsides and creeks, often in sites with moist soil. Sites that have received mulched or dumped vegetation.
Reproduces vegetatively from cuttings, dropped branches, dumped vegetation and mulch. The wood is very weak and will easily break, leading to vegetative spread, including downstream movement along waterways. It doesn’t produce seed (sterile hybrid).