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A picture of a African Tuliptree

African Tuliptree

Spathodea campanulata

Also known as

Fireball, Flame-Of-The-Forest, Flametree, Fountain Tree, Tuliptree

Spathodea campanulata 3 by Steven Haw (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25m

Max

18m

5m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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African Tuliptree Overview

The african tulip tree is planted extensively as an ornamental tree in tropical and subtropical areas for its very showy reddish-orange or crimson, campanulate flowers. It favours moist habitats and will grow best in sheltered areas. The flower bud is ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water.

Common problems with African Tuliptree

Generally problem free

How to harvest African Tuliptree

Generally not harvested

How to propagate African Tuliptree

Seed

Sow seed in spring in well draining soil mixture.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

Special features of African Tuliptree

Attracts birds

The open flowers are cup-shaped and hold rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds, who also enjoy their nectar.

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Other uses of African Tuliptree

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