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Liriodendron chinensis
Liriodendron chinensis
Liriodendron chinensis
Liriodendron chinensis

Liriodendron chinensis

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(Chinese Tulip Tree)  A very rare species of Liriodendron which is native to China, growing to be a handsome small or eventually medium sized, deciduous tree once established with with very large and impressive leaves. 

Usually has its best display of foliage once established in a sunny position with shelter from strong winds.

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  • 3 litre pot (2-3 years old, 100-125 cm tall)

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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, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium (8m - 15m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Acid, Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Damp/Wet
Special Features
Flowers in Summer, Foliage - Unusual Shape, Rare and Unusual
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