Tropical Plants forum: Spathodea campanulata, African Tulip tree

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Imageextranjera
Feb 24, 2010 11:05 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
We are starting a big re-do of our yard next week and I'm trying to decide what I want to put in a large raised planter near the pool. This is an urban yard, not huge with a pool and pond taking up a lot of room. It already has an enormous banyan on the neighbors wall that covers most of the block. I recently cut it back where it overhung all of my yard so I have a lot more light now. I'm going to keep it cut back, it was just too dreary under it. Anyway, the banyan already drops leaves and fruit and attracts bats, the bougainvillea also drop lots of bracts so the pool is a daily chore.

I really love the African Tulip trees that I see around the city, particularly the ones with a clear, light orange bloom, the color of an orange fruit. I like that they bloom in the winter and I think that I can keep it cut back so it doesn't get too big.

I have a couple concerns:

Does it really drop so much debris that I'm stupid to put it in my yard near my pool and pond?

Are the tulip blooms that hold water breeding grounds for mosquitoes?

If I keep it trimmed and don't let it get as tall as it wants, will I lose the blooms? I've read it blooms from the crown which is fine if it is 5 to 8 meters high, I wouldn't let it get much higher. Cutting the crown back, will it not bloom?

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AlohaHoya
Feb 24, 2010 11:15 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Jonna...

The Tulip Tree is a weed here - a beautiful glorious exotic weed. Personally, I love it!!!! My favorite color blossom is that of the lighter orange...sort of a gold...as opposed to the flame orange... but both are magnificent.

It responds well to pruning and you can keep it small and it blooms like crazy.

It drops flowers. To see a big tree with a carpet of blooms under it is gorgeous. But...in the pool?

Why not something(s) that are fragrant and colorful and obedient? Like a Brugfelsia or...Hong Kong Orchid Tree, or one of the Magnolias like champaca with flowers scented of 'Joy' perfume (or isit Chanel#5)... Very dirty but the tree can stay pruned which keeps it blooming.

Carol
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Imageextranjera
Feb 27, 2010 4:49 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
A magnolia would be nice, I haven't seen any here but I will look harder. I have seen trees that look like the Hong Kong Orchid Tree, smaller and without many blooms. It is often a question here of what I can get, not what I want. I can't order online and all the nurseries seem to have the same things. The color I love on the Tulip Tree is the one you like, the light orange that is so clear and bright.

Anyone have any idea about the mosquito problem? If it holds water in the blooms easily, that could be a problem in the yard. Dengue is something we always have to think about, so mosquito control is a big issue.

It's good to know it will bloom if I kept it cut to a manageable size.


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AlohaHoya
Feb 27, 2010 5:07 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I don't think the flowers hold water...will check my tree!!!! Anyway, the flowers fall off so larvae would be S.O.L soon.

Carol
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ImageBraveheartsmom
Mar 3, 2010 10:18 PM CST
Name: Jenn
Maui, Hawaii
Aloha,

My neighbor has an African Tulip tree and we are forever pulling seedlings up from all over the garden. We ourselves have a Hong Kong Orchid which is just as generous with it's seeds. Both are very beautiful, but both are irritating weeds here, and they grow into small sized trees in a flash. I haven't noticed any problem with mozzies though.

Jenn
Imageextranjera
Mar 4, 2010 12:50 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
thanks all, the garden re-do is in full swing and it is full of concrete workers and rocks at the moment. I'll have a mostly new space to design once the hardscape is done and I'm excited about that. I have about decided to just use some palms in that large center space, something in multiples like Areca. They will give me height without depth and a spot to hang orchids. I'm still hankering for the color from the Tulip tree but all the other problems and having to keep it at a reasonable height are moving me away from it. My first choice had been a plumeria but again, I'd have to keep it cut back and while they don't lose their leaves here in the winter they do get sparse. I'd wanted something that was available here, bloomed well in the winter and could be used for orchids and bromeliads.

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ImageMSBarbara
Apr 25, 2010 1:14 PM CST
Name: Barbara Ward
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Magnolia trees have horrible roots that would ruin concrete. If they are not dropping huge leaves they are dropping huge seed pods. I love them but they are extremely messy and take up enormous space above and below ground.
Imageextranjera
Apr 26, 2010 12:32 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Well, I chickened out on putting another tree that drops leaves and flowers next to our pool. Instead, I put in a fish tail palm and a couple of Bird of Paradise. Not as striking but the fish tail will hold orchids and give them some shade and the BoP will provide me with lots of cut flowers. Plus, neither of them drop a lot of debris. I still want one of the light orange African Tulip tree's though, there is one in front of a house near me and I'm thinking of knocking on the door and asking for a cutting. I can grow it in a large pot on the roof, I put everything that doesn't fit in the yard for whatever reason on the roof. I've even got a kiddie pool of waterlilies and other water plants up there.

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AlohaHoya
Apr 26, 2010 11:26 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I've never tried it from cuttings...but seed words and it grows VEEEEERY well.
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Imageextranjera
Apr 26, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
too well, eh? :) that would be better probably since I need to keep it small enough to live in a pot on the roof. I'll walk by this evening (when it cools off) and see if there are seed pods yet.


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AlohaHoya
Apr 26, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Air layering works too!!!!
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ImageDutchlady1
May 8, 2010 5:42 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I really like the Fish Tail palm and so much nicer than Arecas.
lakesidecallas
May 12, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Great looking yard and pool!
Imageextranjera
May 14, 2010 11:30 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Thanks, it's not a large pool but it is mostly for lounging and cooling off. We live in the old center of a very old city. I don't have a large yard and I had to have a pond for lilies and fish. I have a hammock that hangs across one end of the pool, just barely in the water. It's a bit of heaven on a hot day.

I'm happy I went with the fish tail, it has 2 new shoots coming up and we are still in the worst of the dry season. I'm watering almost daily and just trying to keep everything going until the rains start.

I still haven't gotten a cutting from an African Tulip, instead I picked up a couple of branches from 2 different Plumeria. they both have put out leaves and one has bloomed already. I've got them in pots on the roof, I've run out of space in the garden. I still know where that light orange tulip tree is though and I saw they had cut it back the other day so I missed a chance for a clipping. Once the rains start and it starts growing more, I'll knock on the door and see what they say.


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