The World Famous Tipu Tree

The World Famous Tipu Tree

By Felipe Benavides on July, 3 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.


Tipu Tree: Tree of the Week


When it comes to shade trees, it is hard to beat the massive shade coverage that Tipu trees provide! This semi-evergreen tree is a favorite tree throughout Southern California, bringing shade and plenty of beauty to yards. Tipuana tipu is world famous for its high-spreading canopy and attractive foliage that provides shade wherever they are planted. It’s summertime in California, enjoy the great outdoors and let this tree block the blistering sun.

Yes, if it is shade coverage you are after, there are not too many better trees than this. We also need to mention its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The foliage is a highlight. That said, it’s not just the foliage people love. This is a fast-growing, colorful flowering tree that puts on a show when the golden-colored blooms arrive in late spring. These bright blooms can last to early summer. Butterflies are sure to flock near the tree!

Tipu trees are South American natives (Bolivia) that thrive in warmer climates. They fit in perfectly with the Southern California climate. 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. In no time at all, their exotic and tropical appearance helps them fit in anywhere they are planted. Homeowners may want to plant them as an excellent street tree or lawn tree. Kids love them because they like resting under its high canopy after a day of playing. Don’t have a garage to park your car? Park the car next to a Tipu tree – it will help keep cars cool on hot days!

We all want to save money, and during our hot summers, it’s a little harder to do. Temperatures are soaring, and so is our utility bill. 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! Our landscape design specialist will be glad to show you where to plant them to reduce the temperatures inside of your home! Ask us how!

Tipuana tipu trees are more than lovely shade trees. They are also excellent permaculture trees! They absorb nitrogen from the air and put it in the soil, enriching soil along the way. Since these trees are good for the soil, they can also benefit the other plants in the garden!



How to Grow Tipu Tree in Southern California

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Watering: Deep water to help the soil settle around the roots. In the summertime, 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. Use mulch around the base of the tree so that it can help retain water during the summertime. Once established, Tipu trees have a high tolerance to drought.

Light Exposure: These beauties thrive in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun exposure amounts to at least six hours of direct sunlight 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. Purchase all Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizers at our nurseries.

Tipu trees can make our hot summer days a little more bearable. This colorful tree can also help increase property value by adding plenty of curb appeal!

It’s time to cool down – plant a bigger, value engineered Tipu tree in your landscape! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to view one of these majestic shade trees for yourself. We will do all the work. Our professional planting crew will do the digging and planting so that you can come home to a beautiful new tree gracing your yard!

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