(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.
- 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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