The World Famous Tipu Tree

The World Famous Tipu Tree

By Felipe Benavides on July, 2 2018
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Felipe Benavides

Felipe has been working in the Nursery and Garden center for many years and bring extensive knowledge to trees, plants, and landscape design.

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One of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipu tree! This semi-evergreen tree with an unusual name is fast becoming a favorite throughout the western United States. 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. If it's shade coverage you are after, there aren't any better trees for the job than the Tipu.

When talking about these trees, one must mention their feathery, bright green foliage, but the leaves are not the only lovely feature. These fast-growing trees put 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. 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, they are excellent streetside trees or lawn trees. Tipus are fun trees for kids as well, because they will love resting under their high canopy. Also, if you don’t park your car in the garage, park the car next to a Tipu tree – they 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 higher energy use. After all, the temperatures are soaring, and we all want 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-sized 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 specialists will be glad to show you where to plant them to reduce the temperatures inside 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 Trees

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Watering: Deep watering is the best way to help the soil settle around the roots. In our local 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!



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