Tulip tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip tree - Liriodendron tulipifera

Common Name: Tulip tree
Genus: Liriodendron
Species: tulipifera

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 30.00 m (3000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 15.00 m (1500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Orange
Foliage Colour: Green, YellowFlowering Period: July

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • A conical-shaped tree with large, shiny flat leaves with a very distinctive shape that open bright green then turn vivid yellow in autumn. Although huge green and orange tulip-shaped upright flowers appear in summer when the tree is in full foliage these are inconspicuous from a distance. This really is an ornamental foliage tree and it looks wonderful planted as a specimen in grass. It grows quite quickly and is really only suitable for larger gardens and it will not flower until the tree is about 25 years old.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and stake firmly. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter.

  • Goes well with: Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga', Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety', Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver', Cyclamen coum, Hyacinthoides hispanica, Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'.

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