Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

The Tulip Tree, native to eastern North America, was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. It is named after its flower which resembles a tulip. It is a member of the Magnolia family. It is a large ornamental tree, quite common in large gardens and parks. It has an unusual 4-lobed leaf and a large beautiful flower in May/June. The dark brown fruit stays on the tree all winter.

Tulip Tree  in May

A Tulip tree in May

Tulip Tree leaf

The leaf has 4 lobes

Tulip Tree flower in May

The tulip-like flower in May

Tulip Tree flower close-up

Close-up of the flower in May. The outer green ring are petals, the next inner yellow ring are the male anthers and in the centre are the female styles topped by brown stigmas.

Tulip Tree bark

The bark is ridged

Tulip Tree bud in winter

The buds are purple and flattened

Tulip Tree fruit in winter

The fruit sheds seeds throughout the winter. Photo taken in December. The fruit is technically an aggregate of samaras.

Tulip Tree fruit in winter

After the seeds have been shed this spike remains