African Tulip tree

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African Tulip tree

Postby abwal » Sun May 11, 2008 8:28 pm

The african tulip tree a couple of houses over is dropping seed. They float for great distances and germinate prolifically. They are fine if you find them in time. If not, they can be extremely difficult to remove as they have huge tap roots. I believe they are class 3 pests, but I feel that should be upgraded. I know all the neighbours here are fed up with it. I noticed some growing in council owned parks recently. In one park, they removed a beautiful pink tabebuia but left the African Tulip. :evil:
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Re: African Tulip

Postby bubba louie » Sun May 11, 2008 8:36 pm

There are still a few as street trees around here. Ugly things they are too, they definately don't age well.
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Pam » Mon May 12, 2008 6:18 am

Only class 3? That surprises me. There was one here when we came, overhanging the house gutters. It came down quick smart - cut and painted with glysophate, which did nothing whatsoever. It promptly reshot, and suckers come up all over the place from the roots. :roll: I won't be using something stronger - persistence will pay out in the end.
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Comeilotei » Fri May 16, 2008 9:45 pm

It's a shame that it's an environmental weed...such beautiful trees and very pretty flowers. :shock:
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Phil Hansen » Sat May 17, 2008 2:06 am

Comeilotei wrote:It's a shame that it's an environmental weed...such beautiful trees and very pretty flowers. :shock:

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Re: African Tulip

Postby Pam » Sat May 17, 2008 5:17 am

Phil Hansen wrote:Humble is he who sees beauty without predjudice.


Okay Phil, I HAVE to ask - where did that come from, please? :)
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Phil Hansen » Sat May 17, 2008 2:28 pm

Just came to me :-?
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Pam » Sat May 17, 2008 5:51 pm

It's wonderful!
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Baffle » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:03 pm

I lived in FNQ for a long time, and it's all over the place. Pest though it is, I still think it's beautiful. My grandmother always said "a weed is just a plant growing where you don't want it" :lol:
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Pam » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:58 am

Yes, but there's a difference between that type of weed and an environmental weed, Baffle.

I was a bit surprised on a recent trip to the botanic gardens to find they have it growing there. While the purpose of a botanic garden is to showcase plants of different regions etc, surely they should be setting an example?!
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Tropicgardener » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:02 pm

Was that in the Bundaberg gardens Pam? If so I would not be surprised whatsoever :roll:
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Pam » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:10 am

Tropicgardener wrote:Was that in the Bundaberg gardens Pam? If so I would not be surprised whatsoever :roll:


Yes. It doesn't strike me as being very responsible.
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Re: African Tulip

Postby Tropicgardener » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:09 pm

I had a few run ins with the former curator of the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. He made some woeful decisions not only for the gardens but also for the rest of the town.
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