SelecTree: Tree Detail
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
Photo Locations: Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA, San Diego State University, CA, Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA
Is a tender tree (susceptible to frost damage) and needs drainage.
Native to tropical Africa.
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Evergreen to Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 40 - 80 feet.
Width: 30 - 60 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Ovate, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen to Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Orange or Red. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Furrowed, Rough or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 21 - 24; H1. H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Neutral to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Medium in South Coast.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Spathodea campanulata Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jul 23, 2019.
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