Also known as
African Flame Tree, Fountain Tree, Pichkari, Nandi Flame, Afrika-Vlamboom, Fakkelboom (Afr.), African flame tree
Spathodea campanulata 3 by Steven Haw (CC BY 2.0)
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
Sow seed in spring in well draining soil mixture.
Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
Special features of African Tuliptree
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
Other uses of African Tuliptree
Grown for their flowers, mainly from autumn to spring and their overall appearance.