Re: African Tulip Tree

Birkirkara, Malta

I am impressed by this tree and huge flowers. Does any one have seeds.

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noonamah, Australia

It's considered a weed in some places, so might be an idea to check it out before planting one.

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico(Zone 11)

Here, they have dropped all of their leaves now and are covered with boat looking seed pods. So, if you are in a similar latitude, this would be the time to look for seeds. You can also just cut a branch and put it in dirt and they will grow, much like plumeria. I have my eye on a tree nearby with a very light shade of orange blooms, I like those better than the dark orange. I may put a branch in a pot on my roof. They are considered a "messy" tree as well, don't put them near a pool.

Pasig City, Philippines

I also happen to like this tree. I planted one a year back and it has grown well. But the strong afternoon wind in my property broke down one of its bigger branches...and this is how it looks now. I understand that African Tulip trees have weak branches and should not be planted near houses or where they can destroy properties when branches break off.

My tree hasn't produced seeds but I do look forward to it...coz I do want to have several of these beautiful flowering trees in my property.

Thanks,extranjera, for the info that they can be propagated like cuttings or branches..I need not wait for the seeds to come then. :)

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Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Aloha Nereku, and welcome!

We have African Tulip trees here, but I haven't noticed them flowering yet this year - I will check it out. The seeds come down like snow, and I can sure collect some for you when I notice them. Every seed germinates and I am forever having to dig out baby trees in the garden that have blown in from my neighborhood. Even though they are very pretty they sure are a nuisance tree for me - right up the with the guava and kiave trees! I nteresting to hear that they will root just like the plummies - it somehow doesn't surprise me as they have a strong will to live and propagate!

Will check it out for you...

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Aloha Nereku,

Found some seeds from the tree at work. Are there any restrictions in mailing to Malta? If not, please D-Mail me your address and I will send them to you.


mulege, Mexico

Hi Jenn,

Me too, please.


Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Aloha Katie,

Should I send them to California for you to pick up? I don't think I still have the address....

Delray Beach, FL(Zone 10a)


I have seen tulip trees in the Azzores, Gibraltar and Hawai'i. There is one impressive tree. I wish I had the space to plant one of those here, but our home owner's association forbids the planting of any tree for safety reasons in case of hurricanes. But, they are a sight for sore eyes.

Take care.
Pu'ole, a.k.a. Sylvain.

Birkirkara, Malta

Hello friends, what ever this tree is, I am sure not to cut any branches, it's in a public garden and too high for the local gradener to climbe up there. This tree looses all leaves, and later the flowers will bloom first, followed by leavers shoots.

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