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Plant Species of the genus Liriodendron

Information about this genus
Name: Liriodendron
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Tulip trees grow best in a fertile soil, in a cool climate in partial shade, with protection from drying winds. Some shaping of the plant in the early stages to establish a single trunk may be necessary. Propagate from seed sown in a position protected from winter frosts. Cultivars may be apical-grafted in early spring onto 1- or 2-year-old seedling understocks.
Description: This genus in the magnolia family was believed to consist of a single species native to North America until a second similar species was found in China. Both form quite tall, fast-growing, deciduous trees with long straight trunks and unusually shaped 3-lobed leaves that turn a translucent yellow in autumn. The greenish bell-shaped flowers have a tangerine tint at the base of the petals. They somewhat resemble a tulip, hence the common name tulip tree. Capsule-like fruit follow. Hybrids between the 2 species are in cultivation.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Liriodendron chinense 8-10
tulipifera 4-10

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