The African tulip tree is a showy bloomer in the winter and early spring. Large clusters of 3”-4” orange flowers cover the canopy of this dense shady tree. Native to equatorial Africa, this tree prefers full sun and will grow rapidly, although it will get much larger in its native homeland. The wood of the tree can be weak, making wind a concern and trimming important. Interestingly enough, the wood of this tree is also somewhat fire resistant and is used in items such as bee keeper bellows.