Liriodendron tulipifera – The Tulip Tree
Known as the TulipTree due to the shape of its flowers Liriodendron tulipifera is a widely grown in Australia and is a deciduous tree originally from North America. However it is from the UK that it was most likely imported into Australia with Ruth Tindale bringing in examples from Hilliers Nursery in the UK.
Greenish yellow flowers in spring and great autumn color along with attractive winter limbs provide year round interest. Both the species and the fastigate forms have fragrant flowers and aromatic bark.
Flowering in late spring to early summer this is a wonderful specimen tree for a larger garden or park situation, the ‘fastigiate form’ can be used to line driveways or as a deciduous screen or shade tree. Wonderful green foliage turning to a good yellow in autumn.
Liriodendron tulipifera varieties
Liriodendron tulipifera fastigiata (also listed as fastigiatum) is an upright cultivar, tall growing easily reaching 15m with around a 4m spread.
The species will reach 20m with a 10m spread a much broader crown. Growth rate is moderate to vigorous reaching 20m in 10 – 15 years.
Generally needing little care once established although older established trees, especially the fastigate forms will benefit from some remedial pruning later in life.
These trees grow well in full sun to part shade a well drained soil is essential although some extra water during our dry summers may be required especially when trees are young.
Liriodendron tulipifera is available from the following growers
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
WINTER HILL TREE FARM Ph: 02 4878 9193 Fax: 02 4878 9109
NSW Southern Highlands
Retail & Wholesale. Advanced trees & hedging. Grown in pots for year-round planting. 45 litre - 1000 litre available. Great range. Great Quality. Delivery available.
2505 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria
The largest range of deciduous and evergreen advanced trees from 1-12 metres with over 100,000 trees to select from. SpringRing® grown trees from 25 litre to 1000 litre as well as field grown specimen trees and mature palms. Australia-wide delivery
CNR Sherbrooke & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds Ferny Creek. VIC 3786
Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Dogwoods and Buxus.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
CORELLA NURSERIES Phone 03 5968 1071, 0428521097 Fax 039756 7387 W holesale nursery with a wide range of bare root semi advanced trees, deciduous ornamental trees, fruit tree stocks and potted products.
FLEMING’S NURSERIES (03) 9756 6105 Deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Flowering, Fruiting and Ornamental. Bare root and containerised 20cm to advanced. Strictly wholesale.