Also known as
Canary Whitewood, Canoewood, Lyre Tree, North American Whitewood, Saddle Tree, Tulip Poplar, Western Poplar, Whitewood, Yellow Poplar, Bois-Jaune
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50 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Tulip Tree Overview
Liriodendron tulipifera is a fast-growing, low-maintenance ornamental tree. Commonly known as the tulip tree for its large tulip-like yellow flowers in the summer as well as its foliage which its shape is also reminiscent of the shape of a tulip flower from the side. The foliage has a is a soft green with a lovely glossy texture that turns golden and coppery in the autumn. The bark is grey and corky which can form intricate patterns in more mature specimens.
Common problems with Tulip Tree
Generally pest and disease free.
How to harvest Tulip Tree
Seed pods can be harvested in autumn once they are ripe.
How to propagate Tulip Tree
Seed requires stratification before it will germinate. This can be done by sowing outside during mid/late autumn in a cold frame or by keeping the seeds in a sealed bag with vermiculite in the fridge over winter. Bagged seeds will need to be checked on regularly for fungal growth and germination. Once germinated, plant out into individual pots. They may require being grown in a glasshouse for their first winter after which they can be planted out in their permanent position.
Special features of Tulip Tree
Produces large tulip-like flowers that are a buttery yellow with orange-green highlights in the centre.
Other uses of Tulip Tree
Shade, specimen with golden yellow autumn foliage. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.
The lumber is often used for furniture making as it is a nice hardwood and the trees grow quickly and so are ideal for timber production.
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