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Liriodendron chinense (Chinese Tulip Tree)

Chinese Tulip Tree


Fast-growing, Liriodendron chinense (Chinese Tulip Tree) is an upright, spreading deciduous tree. In late spring to early summer, tulip-shaped, yellowish-green flowers, 1.5 in. long (4 cm), appear after the leaves on mature trees (at least 12-15 years old). Smaller than those of Liriodendron tulipifera, they may go unnoticed since they are borne high on the tree and after the leaves are fully developed. They are followed by cone-like fruit bearing numerous winged seeds that provide winter interest. The 3-lobed leaves can be as large as 18 in. (45 cm). Emerging burgundy, they turn green as the season progresses before changing to a brilliant golden yellow in fall. Tulip Tree makes a superb shade tree or specimen tree for a large landscape.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 60-80 ft. tall (18-24 m) and 30-40 ft. wide (9-12 m)
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in organically rich, moist, acidic, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • Low maintenance, this beautiful tree is not subject to serious insect or disease issues. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Propagate by grafting.
  • Native to China, Indochina.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Liriodendron - Tulip Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Liriodendron - Tulip Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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