Tulipwood tree – ‘Harpullia pendular’
An interesting small native tree is ‘Harpullia pendular’ commonly called the Tulipwood tree. This is a rainforest tree which naturally occurs in tropical to sub tropical areas from Northern NSW to Queenslands North.
In the natural environment it can reach over 20m in height, however in cultivation it usually reaches from 6-12m+. Glossy dense evergreen foliage and usually a well formed crown makes this an excellent street tree.
The root system seems to be non invasive and ‘Harpullia pendular’ grows well in full sun to part shade. A well drained humus rich soil is best. Also used as a shade tree and for roadside plantings.
- Fast Growing
- Dense Crown
- Yellow flowers in summer.
- Useful shade tree or street tree.
- Very pale green to white/yellow flowers followed by orange seed pods.
As this is a tree that tolerates dry conditions the Tulipwood tree is becoming more commonly used by councils in parks and gardens. Also useful as a windbreak or screening tree in the broader landscape.