A shade-tolerant, evergreen tree native to equatorial Africa and  a member of the Bignoniaceae family, which includes the Jacaranda (also growing on Maui). It is also known as Flame Tree, Fountain Tree and Indian Cedar and although it was originally introduced as a domesticated ornamental tree, the African Tulip Tree has escaped cultivation and invaded agricultural land, forest plantations, and natural forests, and is now one of the dominant canopy trees in all of Hawaii’s rain forests. For more information on this and other plant species on Maui, visit Hana Picnic Co, your one stop shop for all your Road to Hana supplies.