African Tuliptree

Spathodea campanulata

African Flame Tree, Fountain Tree, Pichkari, Nandi Flame, Afrika-Vlamboom, Fakkelboom (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in spring in well draining soil mixture.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

Special features

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

Special features

Origin

Africa, Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Natural climate

Subtropical Coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Bignoniaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free
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