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Lirodendron tulipifera


Common Name: Tulip tree
Genus: Liriodendron
Species: tulipifera
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Height: 3000cm
Spread: 1500cm
Time to plant seeds: September to November

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.