Liriodendron chinensis
  • Liriodendron chinensis
  • Liriodendron chinensis

Liriodendron chinensis

£45.00

(Chinese Tulip Tree)  A very rare species of Liriodendron with large, ornamental leaves which was first introduced to the United Kingdom in 1901 from China.

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A very rare species of Liriodendron with large, ornamental leaves which was first introduced to the United Kingdom in 1901 from China. Liriodendron chinensis grows to be a slightly smaller tree than the more familiar American tulip tree and has larger and more narrowly waisted, grey-green leaves.

In spring and early summer, the young foliage is an attractive chocolate-purple colour, darkening to green as the leaves age. Once fully established it has flowers similar to those of the standard Liriodendron tulipifera, although these can take a long time to appear.

An unusual and highly ornamental, garden tree.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liriodendron chinensis does generally not grow well in dry soils, prone to drying out in summer.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
  • Habit: Liriodendron chinensis is a medium sized branching tree once established.
    • Height: 15 m (50 ft).
    • Spread: 10 m (32 ft).
  • Notes: This plant will produce better quality, larger leaves in a position sheltered from strong winds. We have a specimen of Liriodendron chinensis, planted in the arboretum surrounding our nursery. At 14 years old, it had reached a height of 6 m and a spread of 5 m.
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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Mature Size
Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Leaf Shape - Unusual or Large, Rare and Unusual

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