The World Famous Tipu Tree

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/2/2018


Tipu Tree: Tree of the Week


One of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipu tree! Yes, this semi-evergreen tree with an unusual name is fast becoming a favorite throughout Arizona. In fact, Tipuana tipu is world famous for its high-spreading canopy and attractive foliage that provides shade. Don’t let the blistering sun keep you from enjoying your yard. Yes, if it is shade coverage you are after, there are not too many better trees than this. When talking about this tree, one must mention its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The foliage is not the only lovely feature. This fast-growing, colorful flowering tree puts on a show when the golden-colored blooms arrive in late spring and last to early summer. Adding to the colorful show are the butterflies that cannot get enough of the flowers.

A native of South America, Tipu trees thrive in warmer climates, such as what we experience in Arizona. These trees have a fast growth rate, so anyone that is looking to provide cooling shade over a larger space will want to have one planted in their landscape. Their exotic and tropical appearance makes them a perfect fit no matter where they are installed. That said, it is an excellent street tree or lawn tree. This is a fun tree for kids because they will love resting under its high canopy. Also, if you don’t park your car in the garage, park the car next to a Tipu tree – it will help keep cars cool on hot days!

Everyone is looking to save money. In the summer, we might see our bills skyrocket because of too much energy use. After all, the temperatures are soaring, and we want to be able to live comfortably in an air-conditioned room. There is a way to reduce the temperatures inside a home without having to suffer from the heat – plant specimen Tipu trees! With proper planting around a house, the massive amount of shade these trees provide can reduce the heat inside your home because you’ll be using your AC less often! They grow fast, and our landscape design specialist will be glad to show you where to plant them to reduce the temperatures inside of your home!

Besides being beautiful shade trees, Tipuana tipu trees are excellent permaculture trees! They absorb nitrogen from the air and put it in the soil, enriching the health of the soil along the way. These trees are good for the soil, and they can benefit other plants in the garden, too!

How to Grow Tipu Tree in Arizona

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Watering: Deep watering is the best way to help the soil settle around the roots. In our arid environment, it is a good idea to water about two to three times a week. Use a drip or soaker type water hose. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Applying mulch around the base of the tree can help retain water during the summertime. Once established, they will have a high tolerance to drought.

Light Exposure: Plant these lovely trees in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun is at least six hours of direct sun per day.

Pruning: Remove any broken, dead, or diseased branches from limbs. Remove any branches flush with limbs and limbs flush with trunks.

Fertilizer: Feed with a regular diet of our specially blended fertilizers.

Tipu trees can come to the rescue to make our hot summer days a little more bearable. And, besides the shade they can provide, this colorful tree can also help increase property value by adding plenty of curb appeal!

Prepare to get cool – plant a bigger, value engineered Tipu tree! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to view one of these majestic trees for yourself. We will do all the work. That’s right. Our professional planting crew will do the digging and planting!

Topics: Flowering Trees