Liriodendron tulipifera - Hardy plant

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera - Hardy plant

Liriodendron tulipifera
Just like tulips
A tree that grows tulips? Well, not quite. The Liriodendron tulipifera is also called the tulip tree. Its flowers and leaves live up to that name. The tree blossoms in the summer. It lasts for several months. The yellow and orange flowers look like tulips and water lilies. They have a wonderful fragrance. Before the crisp, green leaves fall in the autumn, they change to an orange-yellow. We can't wait.
The tree needs a spot in full or half sun. The soil should be moist and rich in humus. It's best to give the tree extra water during dry spells. You can plant these trees in the garden. They can also be planted in a sturdy planter on a patio, roof terrace or balcony.

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Liriodendron tulipifera - Hardy plant
Liriodendron tulipifera - Hardy plant
Liriodendron tulipifera - Hardy plant
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From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Color: Yellow
Delivery type: Supplied as bare-rooted shrub
Edible: No
Flowering: May - June
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Growing Height: 400 - 600 cm
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: Yes
Latin name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Leafs all year: No
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Naturalizing: No
Planting distance: 600 - 700 cm
Scented: Deliciously Scented
Self polinating: No

Make sure that the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) root ball is well watered - soak the tree's roots in a bucket of lukewarm water before planting. Choose a position where the tulip tree has plenty of space and the soil is not too dry, a nice limey soil please. Prepare a large hole and fork the soil well loose. Plant the tulip tree at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below soil level. Refill the hole and heel well in. Water directly after planting.

The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) thrives well in any water retentive, limey soil. Improve poor soil with well-rotted manure. Do not add compost that could cause root burn - must be well-rotted! Preferably site your tulip tree in a spot in full sun, although partial shade would suffice. Put a stake next to the young tree to give support against strong winds.


The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) requires normal, moisture retaining, humus-rich soil. The ideal spot for this tree is full sun or partial shade. Treat this tree to some lime scattered around the base of the trunk every year!

Prune only when really necessary. Young trees especially need some protection from high winds.


Originally from North America, the tulip tree is so-called, not unsurprisingly, because of the shape of its flowers – even the leaves resemble a cross section of a tulip! Attractively coloured in yellow and orange, adult examples can flower profusely and can easily reach up to 15 metres high – perfect for the larger garden.

Magnolias are often called tulip trees too but don’t confuse them! Americans often call a magnolia 'beaver tree' as those little animals are prone to use them for both food and dam material.

Liriodendron is indeed classified under Magnoliaceae.


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