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Liriodendron tulipifera Tree

Tulip Trees
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Something a bit different, this large tree has bright-green, slightly glossy foliage in a most unusual and attractive shape. The autumn colour is bright, clear yellow. Liriodendron tulipifera is most popular for its distinctive yellow and green tulip shaped flowers that are produced in June –July on older trees.

This ornamental Tulip tree has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit and forms a pyramidal shape, reaching 10 x 6 metres in 20 years. Any well drained soil that isn’t dry, in sun or partial shade will suit for this most unusual variety. Liriodendron tulipifera is also tolerant of wind exposure.

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

  • Common name: Tulip tree
  • 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

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 approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, 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 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. Irrigation kits make it easier.

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

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are 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 by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

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 with a height under 1.5 metres) : £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 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands 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.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is 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.

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.

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

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 branch), which supports a branched 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

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

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: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 20L pot Liriodendron tulipifera Price £149.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 20L pot £149.99 (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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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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