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TULIPWOOD
Harpullia pendula

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Photo Locations: Oahu, HI, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Franceschi Park - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

An excellent shade tree for small spaces, the tulipwood tree thrives in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soils. Its wood is used by furniture makers in East Australia where the species is native. Harpullia pendula has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -4 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/harpullia-pendula/.

Native to Eastern Australia.

Family: Sapindaceae

Additional Common Names

AUSTRALIAN TULIPWOOD, TULIPWOOD, TULIP LANCEWOOD

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a High Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 40 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Leaves Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Green, White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Orange Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Wildlife use it.

Bark Gray, Rough or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 21 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist but Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland and on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Medium.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Caterpillars.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Shade Tree, Street Tree, Specimen Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Harpullia pendula Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/harpullia-pendula >

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