Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' - variegated leaves
  • Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' - variegated leaves
  • Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' - flowers in June (on a tree aged 9 - 10 years old)

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory'


(Variegated Tulip Tree) A rare selection, Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' grows to be a small tree with interesting mottled yellow and green variegated leaves.

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A rare small to medium sized tree, Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' has interesting mottled yellow and green variegated leaves. The variegation is colourful but somewhat random and persistent green shots should be removed.

Slow growing than a typical tulip tree, this will usually give its best foliage display in a sunny position sheltered from strong winds.

  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' does generally not grow well in dry soils which are prone to drying out in summer.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: June - July.
  • Flower Colour: Yellowish-green with orange markings
  • Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
  • Habit: Liriodendron tulipifera 'Purgatory' is eventually a small branching tree.
    • Height: up to 8 - 10 m (26 - 32 ft).
    • Spread: 5 - 6 m (16 - 20 ft).

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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Small
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Flowering in Summer, Foliage - Variegated, Foliage - Unusual Shape, Rare and Unusual