Liriodendron tulipifera - aka the Tulip Tree

Toddington Manor has a wonderful backdrop - many established specimen trees planted by the previous Victorian inhabitants. One of these is a fine example of a Liriodendron tulipifera, you can see how large it has grown in the photo. It is on the right hand side, on the left is a wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and a Red Horse Chestnut (Aesculus x carnea). It has now finished flowering, but many visitors merrily walk past it without looking up, missing the hundreds of flowers tucked between its leaves. As they are a similar shade of green as the leaves, from a distance, the flowers just look like browning leaves.

But up close - wow!

Immediately you can see where the common name originates from. The flowers last for just about a month during June and are about the same size as an average tulip flower.

Also worth mentioning are the unusual leaves, with lobes and a notch at the tip which makes it look like it has been cut off. These turn a lovely buttery yellow in Autumn.

2 comments:

the clueless gardener said...

That tulip photo is just so gorgeous! Thank you for a fascinating blog...!

KathrynR1402 said...

This was always my favourite tree (vying with the Copper Beech) at Toddington when I worked there in 1989/90. I was working backwards through your Blog and was a bit worried it was no longer there as you hadnt mentioned it, so I'm very relieved to find it! It really is the most amazing colour in the autumn.