Spathodea tulip tree in Africa
African native tulip tree, or Spathodea campanulata is, in fact, one of the most beautiful exotic flowering plants. Its flowers are large, and colors differ from orange to dark red-purple. Gathered in the lush blossoms, its flowers resemble a tulip. In addition, often called “Fire Tree”, its flowers are especially bright. In fact, in nature Spathodea blooms almost all year round. Also called “tree-fountain”, because of numerous large reminiscent orange-red color of tulips, collected in the luxurious blossoms. It is attractive and effective in a flourishing condition, which is almost all year round. Besides, the tree grows quickly and can reach 10-15 meters in height.
The flower bud is ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water. The sap sometimes stains yellow on fingers and clothes. The open flowers are cup-shaped and hold rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds.
In Neotropical gardens and parks, their nectar is popular with many hummingbirds, such as the Black-throated Mango, the Black Jacobin, or the Gilded Hummingbird.
Spathodea tulip tree