Liriodendron tulipifera at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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 18551 79060
Common name Tulip tree
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2013
Planted Approx 1894
Height 30M February 2015
Girth 410cm February 2015
Reference 117

This tree is to be found north of the conservatory on the western bank of the brook. An age estimation suggests that it was planted as a young tree when the Botanic Garden was laid out in 1893-4. It was listed as an original planting in W.W.Pettigrew's article for the Cardiff Naturalists' Society (1894-5, volume XXVII part I, pages 52-62).

Liriodendron tulipifera bark

Liriodendron tulipifera bark
March 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf
early June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera flower

Liriodendron tulipifera flower
early June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera flower2

Liriodendron tulipifera flower
early June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera foliage

Liriodendron tulipifera foliage
late October 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.