Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

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One of the great park and public space trees of the world, the Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera is a fast growing, deciduous pyramid-shaped tree from the USA. Its flowers bear some resemblance to a tulip bulb flower in size and shape. It can reach 10-20 metres tall with around 6-8 metres spread.

In spring the distinctive green leaves with four pointed lobes appear and are followed by the striking fragrant flowers 5-8 cm across that are lime-green with an orange centre. The petals fall to show the seeds clustered in a cone-shape and these seed clusters remain after the leaves have fallen in autumn. The leaves turn an attractive golden yellow in autumn.

Tulip Tree timber is a useful, close-grained hardwood used for furniture making, boat making, plywood and historically for dugout canoes by indigenous Americans.

Lord, E. E. and Willis, J. H. (1982) Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens (5th End). Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne.

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