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.

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

Reference Accessed 14/3/2019

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