Tipu, Rosewood, Pride-of-Bolivia, Yellow Jacaranda

Tipuana tipu

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tipuana
Species: tipu



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona (2 reports)

Gilbert, Arizona

Glendale, Arizona

Peoria, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Beverly Hills, California

Bonsall, California

Burbank, California

Encinitas, California

Fremont, California

Los Gatos, California

Newark, California

Oceanside, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

Tarzana, California

Union City, California

Bartow, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Edgewater, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Mount Dora, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada

Alamo, Texas

La Porte, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 7, 2013, loomis from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been growing one in Las Vegas for the last two years. It has survived down to 22 degrees at my house with only minor damage to the thinnest branches. I purchased mine at a local nursery and they are now stocking them regularly. The tolerate our hot summers just fine and I have seen a couple of mature specimens in town.


On Aug 8, 2010, Gladeswader from Miami, FL wrote:

This is an aggressive very fast growing tree for large lawn areas. It can attain 30-40' in 5-6 years. Potential size should be noted as 80 -100' tall and 60' wide. It must be pruned correctly at a young age and regularly there after or large branch failure will occur. Due to its aggressive growing habit, roots can be a problem. This is an impressive, beautiful shade tree, but must be planted in an appropriate location to allow for its growth.


On Jun 13, 2008, dcroyle1 from Chandler, AZ wrote:

AMAZING grower. Planted 4 1/2 years ago and 1 year later during high winds tree broke off about 1 ft about ground. Now tree is over 20ft high and canopy is 15ft wide. Tree gets 9 gallons every 14 days in summer and no water in winter. This year I've had constant blooms of small yellow flowers since March. Tree does ok in AZ winters and tends to have lots of small branch die off but bounces right back once it heats up. It does NOT lose it leaves during winter. Neighbor has same tree that was in for 4-5 years and is taller than 2 story house with 30ft canopy.


On May 18, 2005, janetplanet from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

Zone 9b, I am thrilled! Last month I bought a Tipuana, large for $89. Nicely formed about 12feet high. As with my other young trees I did not expect any blooms but yesterday (May 17th, hey, for my birthday) I thought I saw a yellow leaf and to my surprise, it was a dainty flower with more buds waiting to open. Like this tree. Popped in the ground with some added potting soil. Watered every couple days. Nothing special but it took without problem.


On Oct 14, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very common street tree in Los Angeles county- they often are planted in parking lots for shade- fast growing and pleasant but sort of pale yellow flowers in spring here. One of the canopy trees grown by palm nuts over their tender tropicals- fast growing, looks nice and tropical itself, can take a lot of water... but loses leaves in winter (sometimes that's what you want, but not always)


On Jul 23, 2004, hbarm01 from Portal, AZ (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have been nursing a TIPU along for five years here in the extreme Southeastern corner of Arizona. The winters freeze the TIPU back to the ground, but the tree has a good root base and therefore returns as a bush each year. I have attempted several methods for preventing the TIPU from freezing all the way back. During the non winter months this tree does exhibit a robust growth. Temperatures range from five degrees to 110 degrees.

This tree was grown from seed collected from trees in San Diego County in California.


On Jun 10, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a beautiful tree that is covered with small axillary clusters of orange tinted yellow, pea-like flowers 3/4" across, blooming in spring and summer.

It is semi-deciduous and widely-crowned with a flattened canopy.

Grows very quicly to 25' and slows down until reaching 50'. The spread ranges from 30 - 55' wide. Because of the spread, it needs a lot of space.