Naturalized African Tulip

A frilled and fully bloomed set of African Tulip blossoms reach for the sun in Hawaii. These vibrant blooms can be seen in the tree tops across Hawaii a couple times a year.

The African Tulip tree grows anywhere from about 20 feet to 80 feet tall, often overtaking much of the vegetation around it. For this reason many in Hawaii have a love/hate relationship with the plant–it is beautiful to look at, but it can take over your landscape and ruin rooftops and power lines.

African Tulips are part of the Begonia family of plants and are identified as Spathodea campanulata. Originally from the African tropical dry forests, the tree has been naturalized in Hawaii.

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