Liriodendron chinense seeds mature in October, commonly known as Chinese tulip tree.Common Name: Chinese tulip tree
Type: Tree
Family: Magnoliaceae
Native Range: Central China, Indochina
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 50.00 to 70.00 feet
Spread: 30.00 to 40.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Olive green with yellow at base
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Tolerate: Deer

Liriodendron chinense seeds

  • Chinese tulip tree is a fast-growing, columnar tree that typically grows to 50-70’ tall. It is named for its cup-shaped, tulip-like flowers (same family as magnolias) that bloom in late spring to early summer. This tree is very similar to Liriodendron tulipifera (native to eastern North America), except it is denser, slightly smaller, has smaller flowers without orange banding, has more deeply lobed leaves and is not as cold hardy. Cup-shaped flowers (to 1.5” long) are olive green with yellow at the base. Flowers begin blooming in May. Flowers can go unnoticed on large trees because the flowers appear after the leaves are fully developed. Sometimes the flowers are first noticed when the attractive petals begin to fall to the ground. Flowers are followed by dry, scaly, oblong, cone-shaped, brown fruit clusters, each bearing numerous winged seeds. Clusters disintegrate when ripe. Lobed bright green leaves turn golden yellow in fall. Genus name comes from Greek leirion (lily) and dendron (tree).