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Liriodendron tulipifera AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green, Orange and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark Yellow in Autumn
Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

tulip tree

Family

Magnoliaceae


Liriodendron are vigorous deciduous trees with attractively lobed leaves and green and orange, tulip-shaped flowers in summer; good autumn colour

L. tulipifera is a vigorous large deciduous tree with distinctively shaped leaves turning butter-yellow in autumn. Flowers 4cm in length, tulip-shaped, yellowish-green, marked with orange within

Other common names

  • Canary whitewood
  • canoewood
  • lyre tree
  • North American whitewood
  • saddle tree
  • tulip poplar
  • western poplar
  • whitewood
  • yellow poplar

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow as specimen tree in lime-free soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free