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Liriodendron chinense

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A very rare, large leaf Liriodendron from China brought to the UK in 1901. Liriodendron chinense is slightly smaller than the American tulip tree with larger, more narrowly waisted, grey-green leaves.

In spring/early summer, leaves emerge a chocolate-purple colour, then darken to green. Flowers are like the Liriodendron tulipifera, but can take long to appear.
An unusual, highly ornamental tree.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (60-80 cm tall)

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Liriodendron chinense | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liriodendron chinense | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liriodendron chinense | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liriodendron chinensis does generally not grow well in dry soils, prone to drying out in summer.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
Habit: Liriodendron chinensis is a medium sized branching tree once established.
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 10 m (32 ft)

Notes: This plant will produce better quality, larger leaves in a position sheltered from strong winds. We have a specimen of Liriodendron chinensis, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery. At 14 years old, it had reached a height of 6 m and a spread of 5 m.

Plant Finder: about Liriodendron chinense

Common names

Chinese tulip tree


Liriodendron chinense (Chinese tulip tree). This is a deciduous tree, They are fast growing with a broadly columnar habit, they bear dark green lobed leaves that will turn yellow in the autumn. The flowers are borne singly they produce pale brown clusters of fruits.


Preferring a temperate climate, needs a slightly acidic soil, sun with some shade and well-drained, deep, fertile, soil. Propagate from seed or by grafting. They are difficult to transplant.

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and flowers in summer.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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