African Tulip Tree


A Quick Guide to the African Tulip Tree

The African Tulip tree belongs to the Spathodea tree species, and it is not only the most common species of this type of tree, but also the most striking and beautiful. The African Tulip Tree originates from Africa, but today you can find it in many parts of the world where the climate is appropriate for growing this tree. People plant this tree as part of a landscape scheme, as well as for its wonderful shade.

Although you can plant the African Tulip Tree in any area where the climate is warm and humid, if the region has problems with winds during the monsoon season, the tree will likely not reach its full potential, as it would in an area with less wind.

The African Tulip Tree is a tree that will grow very large under good growing conditions. One problem that you may encounter with this tree is that it will not grow as many leaves if it is planted in a drier climate, but in a humid climate it will flower with an abundance of leaves. During February this tree sheds its leaves, but it is not long before new ones appear, usually only a month to two months. When the new leaves appear, there will be an abundance of them, as well as lovely clusters of bright red flowers at the ends of the branches. If you like the look of lush tropical plants you will love the way these flowers appear against the dark green leaves.

Although the flowers of the African Tulip Tree will only stay for about a month or so, they will reappear sporadically throughout the rest of the growing season. In addition to this, there is a second blooming period that occurs between the months of October and December. The leaves of this tree are about 2 inches in size and are oval shape; the African Tulip Tree does bare fruit that is about 6 inches long and will be a green or brown color.

The African Lily Tree is known by other names, one of which is the Fountain Tree. The tree received this name due to the buds containing liquid that can be squeezed out in a stream when squeezed. Hunters use the nuts of this tree to make a poisonous liquid; they would boil the nuts in water, which would turn the water into poison.

The wood from the African Tulip Tree is not easy to burn so it is not used for firewood, but due to the fact that it doesn’t burn easy it is ideal for building structures that are resistant to fire.

Although the most common variety of the African Tulip Tree features the red blossoms, there is also another variety of this plant that has yellow blossoms. This yellow variety is prized for its healing properties. In some areas of the world the Yellow African Tulip Tree bark is used to heal wounds and burns. The bark and leaves of this tree have antibacterial qualities that are great for healing, and the reason that it is popular in as a traditional medicine.

There are several placed in the United States where you can grow the African Tulip Tree, but keep in mind that the tree will not survive harsh winters. The foliage on this tree will die if it is exposed to temperatures of 20F to 30F, but the roots will generally survive unless they get below 20F so you will only want to plant this tree in regions that do not get a great deal of frost or snow.

Plant the African Tulip Tree in full son and use quality soil; although this tree does have some resistance to salt, it will not tolerate a lot of salt in the soil.

If you want a beautiful tree that is also wonderful for shade, you may want to consider planting an African Tulip Tree.


 

 


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