Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree, Tulipwood.
This a large, fast growing and long lived deciduous tree, can reach to more than 35m high with tall straight stems.
Its unique feature is the foliage, a glossy green leaf with four lobes and appearing to have been cut off at the top. In autumn, the colour is stunning as it turns shades of blaze yellows and bronze browns.
In early summer this tree produce exquisite flowers, tulip shaped and yellow with an orange flare at the base. These are followed by an upright cluster of single winged seeds, not dissimilar in appearance to a cone. Also with maturity, the light grey corky bark of the Tulip tree often forms intricate patterns of vertical ridges .
This plants tolerance of pollution, makes it a great urban tree where space permits. It requires a moist fertile soil, ideally slightly acidic but can tolerate chalk. Plant in full sun or part shade. 75mm pot.