Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip tree

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Marg Cousens, copyright GAP Photos (181217)

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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