Liriodendron tulipifera at Roath Mill Gardens

Liriodendron tulipifera 0

Liriodendron tulipifera
March 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera 1

Liriodendron tulipifera
mid May 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera 2

Liriodendron tulipifera
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 19813 77978
Common name Tulip tree
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Height 22M March 2015
Girth 311cm March 2015
Age in 2015 Approx. 102 years[1]
Planted Approx.1913
Reference 120

This tree is at the east end of the Garden, on the lawn. Ordnance Survey maps from 1910 onwards show a tree occupying this position. The Tulip tree was estimated to be approximately 102 years old in 2015, and therefore may have been planted c.1913.

Liriodendron tulipifera bark

Liriodendron tulipifera bark
March 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf
mid May 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera flower

Liriodendron tulipifera flower
early June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera flower2

Liriodendron tulipifera flower
early June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera seed

Liriodendron tulipifera fruit
mid July 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera seed2

Liriodendron tulipifera mature fruit
early January 2020

Liriodendron tulipifera seed3

Liriodendron tulipifera mature fruit
early January 2020

General tree description

Liriodendron tulipifera is a fast-growing tree that can reach heights of 35 metres in Britain. It has pale grey bark with criss-crossing ridges and large (up to 18cm long), distinctively saddle-shaped leaves. These are bright green, turning yellow and gold in autumn. In June and July there are upright yellow-green flowers, somewhat tulip-shaped, and about 4cm in length. The fruits are winged seeds in a cone-like structure, which forms in the autumn and disintegrates the following spring.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain