|Grid reference||ST 18551 79060|
|Common name||Tulip tree|
|Origin||East North America|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||30M February 2015|
|Girth||410cm February 2015|
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).
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.