Tipuana tipu
TIH-poo-an-uh TIH-poo

Tipu Tree
(Leguminosae) (Legume family)
Origin: Argentina, Bolivia and Southern Brazil


 

 

 

 

 

 

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Deciduous to semievergreen. Wide-crowned tree with a flattened canopy. Rapid growth rate to 25' can reach eventual 50' tall and 30 - 55' wide.

Trunk - Fissured, dark brown or streaked gray bark. Red sap is sometimes visible if tree has been bumped or wounded.

Foliage - Thin imparipinnately compound leaves, 6 - 12" or more long, with
11 -21 light green oblong leaflets 1 - 1 1\2" long and 1\2" wide. May be leafless from January to May.

Flowers/fruit - Small axillary clusters of orange tinted yellow, pea-like flowers 3/4" across, blooming in spring and into summer. Fruit is a single-winged pod or samara, 2 1/2" long.

No significant pest problems are known at this time.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 13, 16, 18 - 24 and the warmest areas of 12.

Clearances - Suitable for 8' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Accepts any soil except strongly alkaline. Needs occasional deep soaking. Flowers best in warm summer areas out of immediate ocean influence. Heavy flower litter can be a nuisance.

Comments, notes:
Rapid growth rate and irregular habit in youth require early pruning to create branch architecture able to resist wind damage.