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Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip tree

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Green

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Liriodendron tulipifera is an unusual tree grown for its curiously shaped leaves and stately shape. It's common name, tulip tree refers to the small, pale green tulip-shaped flowers which only appear on mature trees, usually over ten years old. It is still a beautiful tree to grow as the saddle-shaped, glossy dark green leaves smell strongly of eucalyptus when crushed. In autumn, they turn brilliant yellows and reds, eventually falling to reveal the corky bark. Grow it as a specimen tree in slightly acidic, well-drained soil in full sun. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Liriodendron

Species: tulipifera

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 3000cm

Spread: 1500cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


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