Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera, La Hulpe (c) Jean-Pol Grandmont.JPG
Liriodendron tulipifera, La Hulpe (c) Jean-Pol Grandmont / Wikipedia

Beautiful, deciduous tree of broadly conical shape, with distinctive leaves and large, striking, tulip-shaped flowers. Growing to 30m, it potentially casts a lots of shade, but its mid-green foliage turns a rich butter-yellow in autumn. Impressive when grown as a specimen tree in a park. A fast grower, but it can take several years to produce the eponymous flowers.

H x S: 20m x 10m

Aspect and soil: Best in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes lime soil.

Use: as a specimen tree in large gardens, maybe as part of Northeast USA-themed park alongside a Liquidambar for a cracking autumn colour combination. Grown in an avenue in the Avenue Gardens in Regent’s Park.

Care: No pruning required, just removing dead, diseased or damaged branches..

Wildlife: pollinators enjoy the broad tulip-shaped flowers.

Hazard: —

Origin: Northeast America

Hardiness: H6