Tupidanthus calyptratus

Mallet Flower / Umbrella Tree
Mallet Flower / Umbrella Tree
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

15-20′ x 15-20′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Shade Tolerant, Coastal Conditions

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

19-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fast-growing tropical evergreen tree with multiple trunks to 15-20’ tall and wide. Can be pruned into a single trunk specimen. This popular, lush-looking species is best-suited for milder climates, and forms a low-branched, rounded-head of highly-glossy, pinnately-compound, bright-green leaves that droop downward to create an attractive weeping appearance. Green flower buds appear in spring and summer, opening to greenish-colored flowers that are considered inconspicuous but are interestingly intricate, and unless removed, persist into fall and winter. Great for creating a tropical appearance anywhere in the landscape. Thrives in a rich, well-drained soil with regular watering, and prefers a full sun to partial shade exposure.

USDA Zone: 9A-11
Sunset Zone: 19-24, H1, H2

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