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Liriodendron tulipifera Tree

Tulip Trees
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A rather special large tree, Liriodendron tulipifera has unusual shaped foliage with four lobes. The attractive foliage is bright green and slightly glossy, turning clear yellow in autumn. It is also popular for its distinctive yellow and green tulip shaped flowers that are produced in June –July on older trees.

Liriodendron tulipifera forms a pyramidal shape, reaching 10 x 6 metres in 20 years. With age, attractive patterns form in the bark. A position in sun or partial shade will suit this ornamental tree. It is tolerant of wind exposure and any well drained soil that isn’t dry is ideal.

Named the Tulip tree for its flowers, it is a most unusual and  attractive tree if space allows and has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

AKA Tulip tree, American tulip tree, Tulip poplar, Yellow poplar, Canary Whitewood

  • Common name: Tulip tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Green leaves that turn clear yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Well-drained, but sites in most soil types, except for chalky
  • Position: Full or part sun

Planting Advice for Liriodendron tulipifera Trees

Our pot grown Yellow Tulip trees can be planted at any time of the year and are suited to medium-large gardens. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and roughly 2x as wide. To help the tree establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Yellow Tulip trees with a stake and tie to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Liriodendron tulipifera Trees

If you’re planting Tulip trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Liriodendron tulipifera Trees

American Tulip trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy it up, do so in the dormant season. Focus on removing damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove side shoots to raise the crown.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Liriodendron tulipifera Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Liriodendron tulipifera Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Liriodendron tulipifera Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Liriodendron tulipifera Price £199.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £199.99 (ex VAT)
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Liriodendron tulipifera Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Liriodendron tulipifera Price £229.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £229.99 (ex VAT)
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