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Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Low

Lime: Low

Belonging to the Magnolia family, this species stands as Americas largest native hardwood, and was highly admired by Victorian enthusiasts for its majestic appearance and distinct charm. Our forefathers extensively cultivated it, finding it well-suited to the Southern English climate. Although it grows rapidly, its robust branches can withstand harsh winds.

Distinctively, this towering tree boasts violin shaped leaves, larger than the average persons hand. These leaves are flat and rounded at the edges, ideal for children to use as makeshift boats in streams. In spring, they unfurl a vibrant green and come autumn, it transforms into a golden blend of butter yellow shades that rival the beauty of the Gingko biloba.

By summer, the tree bursts into its famed tulip like flowers, displaying a delicate lemon green tint with a faint red undertone. These blossoms sporadically adorn the tree for 8-10 weeks, appearing only once the tree matures. For an immediate visual impact, opting to plant our semi-mature Liriodendron’s will ensure a blooming spectacle right in the first season post planting.

Perfect for expansive parks, grand estates and wide avenues that can accommodate its size, this tree promises longevity, often surpassing two centuries. Beyond its striking silhouette, its nectar draws bees and beekeepers, yielding a rich, dark red honey.

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Size

Large

11m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for parklands and stately elegant grounds.

Foliage

15cm long, 4 pointed and squared fiddle leaves. Opens green which lasts throughout the summer, melting to in butter yellow in autumn.

Flowers

Beautiful solitary flowers are formed in June and July. Lemon green with blushes of red and orange., similar to a tulip. These are not produced until the tree matures to 20 years of age.

Resilience

Suitable for any good soil structure that is deep and well drained. Prefers deep loam that will not dry out, and do not favour well in heavy clay soils. It will grow slower and broader in full sun exposure, but in shaded locations it grows faster with a more dominate trunk and less limbs.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature

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