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.
Generally not harvested
Sow seed in spring in well draining soil mixture.
Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
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
Africa, Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Soil PH preference
Generally problem free