Gabon tulip tree, a tree with captivating flowers

Do you know the Tulipero of Gabon ? This is a perfect tree for medium to large gardens, where it can grow and develop freely. It is, in effect, a plant from which we can protect ourselves from the sun under the shade of its leaves, which will remain on it throughout the year.

Let us know how to take care of it .


The Gabonese tulip tree, scientifically known by the name of Spathodea campanulata , is a fast-growing evergreen tree with a height of approximately 20m , and a crown diameter of between 3 and 4m. It belongs to the Bignoniaceae family, which is why its foliage is reminiscent of those of these splendid climbing plants. Its red flowers can appear in spring or summer, depending on the amount of sunshine (the higher it is, the more likely it is to bloom). The wood of its trunk is soft wood, so much so that birds love to use it to build their nests.

This is a species native to tropical Africa, although it is currently cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics of the world. In gardens it will look spectacular as an isolated specimen or in rows, leaving a minimum distance of 3m between one plant and another.

Spathodea leaves

In cultivation we find a very grateful tree, as long as we have it in a frost-free climate, or these are very mild (up to -1ºC) and very short-lived, otherwise it could suffer significant damage. You also have to take into account that it will only grow on land where there is a lot of organic matter, and little lime. Thus, it should be planted in full sun exposure, and in fertile soils. It is not necessary to pay, but if the land you have is calcareous, add iron chelates once every 15 days to prevent chlorosis.

Finally, you should know that the Spathodea campanulata is considered an invasive plant, so if you live in a warm, mild climate, it is important that, if you want to have this tree in your garden, you first contact the Environment Department. Environment of your locality so that they advise you.

It’s beautiful right?

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