Main site sections:
Plants section links:


  • San Diego Zoo

Bloom time (approximate):

  • any season


Plants: Species

Tulip Tree, African Tulip Tree, Flame of the Forest Spathodea campanulata

FAMILY: BIGNONIACEAE (Trumpet-creeper Family)

It may not be from Australia, but the African tulip tree Spathodea campanulata across from the San Diego Zoo's koala exhibit and in the Zoo's Gorilla Tropics area has such stunning orange-scarlet flowers that nobody cares. Also known as the flame of the forest, the trees can grow as high as 70 feet (21 meters) in their native tropical habitat.