A picture of a African tulip tree

African tulip tree

Spathodea spp.

Spathodea campanulata01 by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

More images of African tulip tree

Madeira Funchal Afrikanischer Tulpenbaum im Mai 2007
A photo of African tulip tree
A photo of African tulip tree

African tulip tree Overview

Small genus consisting of just 1 species of evergreen tree typically grown for its overall appearance and blooms. Foliage is large and pinnately divided. Native to tropical dry forest environments in Africa, this genus has the common names African tulip tree, fountain tree, pichkari and Nandi flame. Commonly seen throughout the tropics, this species is grown as an ornamental tree for its showy red, orange and sometimes yellow flowers. These are cup-shaped, with frilly petal edges and can hold water.

Common problems with African tulip tree

How to propagate African tulip tree

Seed

Seed in spring.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Other uses of African tulip tree

Grown for their flowers, mainly from autumn to spring and their overall appearance.