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Tropical Seeds is specialized in supplying tropical palm seeds and ornamental seeds for the professional market all over the world.
Our focus is on palms and ornamentals for nurseries and trade. But we can source many (new) seeds worldwide. Seeds can be used to cultivate indoor plants in temperate zones and outdoor plants in (sub)tropical zones. Among the specialties of Tropical Seeds are the palm seeds of Mexico, south America and Madagascar.
Thanks to our experience and knowledge, Tropical Seeds has built up large networks in Asia, Central and South America. Direct contact with suppliers of seeds gives us a strong position both for high quality standards and prices. Our networks also provide us with up-to-date information about new seeds which offers our customers future business opportunities. Therefore we can year round supply of Chamaedorea elegans seeds, Dypsis (areca) lutescens seeds, Coffea arabica seeds, Strelitzia, Rhapis seeds and Beaucarnea
Tropical Seeds is specialized in supplying tropical palm seeds and ornamental seeds for the professional market all over the world. Our focus is on palms and ornamentals for nurseries and trade.
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We recommend the plants below for tropical climates and heated greenhouses. These plants should not be grown in areas where the minimum temperature will reach 65 degrees or lower.
This is a large upright tree with glossy deep green pinnate leaves and glorious orange scarlet flowers. It may grow to 80 ft on an ideal site, but most specimens are much smaller. The tree has a stout, tapering, somewhat buttressed trunk covered in warty light gray bark. The lateral branches are short and thick. The 1-2 feet long opposite leaves, which emerge a bronzy color, are massed at the ends of the branches. They are composed of 5-19 deeply veined oval leaflets.
The horn shaped velvety olive buds appear in upturned whorls at the branch tips. A few at a time, the buds of the lowest tier bend outward and open into big crinkled red orange tuliplike bells with red streaked gold throats, frilly yellow edges, and four brown-anthered stamens in the center. They are followed by 5-10 inch green brown fingerlike pods pointing upwards and outwards above the foliage. Each of these pods contains about 500 tissue papery seeds. The tree flowers in spurts all through the growing season, but peak bloom is usually in the spring.
This species loves rich soil, but puts up with just about anything with a little fertility to it, including limerock. It is not a beachfront plant, but will survive a bit of salinity. African tuliptrees need serious pruning after every freeze or windstorm. Gardeners in marginal regions should plan on growing this as a large ephemeral shrub and plant it in a sheltered place where it can be reached by ladders or bucket trucks for regular pruning and removal of dead branches. Light: African tuliptree will survive in shade, but demands full sun for fast growth and best flowering.
Moisture: These trees grow best with plenty of moisture, but will shed their leaves and endure drought.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 10-11. African tuliptrees drop their leaves when chilled and freeze easily, but they come back from the roots vigorously and often bloom the next season. Top growth will be killed at 28-30 degrees but the roots may survive down to 22 degrees or below.
The smooth gray bark provides a beautiful background for the brilliant red flowers of the African tuliptree. Usage African tuliptrees are grown for shade, color and tropical effects. The wood is difficult to burn, so the tree is also valuable for fire resistant landscaping. The wood has been used for blacksmith’s bellows and the like. The buds contain a liquid that will squirt out if they are squeezed or pierced and children enjoy using these as water pistols. They also enjoy playing with the boatlike open seed pods. In Africa and Haiti, the flowers are thought to have magical properties and the wood is used for witch doctors’ wands.
Features This is one of the world’s most spectacular flowering trees. It is also very fast growing. Young trees may put on 6 feet in height and 2 inches in diameter per year and often begin blooming when they are only a few years old.
Plant Seeds for Warm Tropical Greenhouses