Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree

Description: Liriodendron tulipifera is a large, stately, deciduous tree with a pyramidal to broad conical habit. The attractive foliage is bright green and slightly glossy, turning golden yellows and coppery browns. The tulip shaped flowers are produced in June and July on mature trees. Petals are greenish white with an orange spot at the base with their edges overlapping giving it the cup shape. Flowers are followed by dry, scaly, oblong, cone-shaped brown fruits, each bearing numerous winged seeds.

History: Native to North America and known to be cultivated by Bishop Compton at Fulham in 1688. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Liriodendron Growing Tips: Requires a moist fertile soil, ideally slightly acidic, prefers deep loam that will not dry out. Plant in full sun or part shade. If you need to shape the plant do so in late winter. This may reduce the number of flowers in the current season so to avoid this you may prune it right after flowering – in mid-summer.

Height and spread (after 10 years): 6m x 4m.

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: June
  • L Size: Large
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Replacement prune
  • Autumn colour
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Prefers acid soil

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