Liriodendron Tulipifera Aureomarginatum
An interesting form of the deciduous Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera Aureomarginatum has interesting and pretty leaves that are bordered with bright yellow turning a greenish-yellow in Summer and maintain strong Autumnal interest. Expect the bees and other wildlife to be very happy you planted this tree as they will be regular visitors. Oblong, cone-shaped fruits follow the flowers (June-July), each with winged seeds.
This Tulip tree is so interesting, it convinced the RHS to give it an award and makes an excellent choice for public ornamental gardens or such spaces.
Aureomarginatum Tulip trees are frost tolerant down to minus 20 degrees centigrade unless you happen to have a tree hat and glove then maybe a little more and are not as fast growing as some other Tulip trees but still a vigorous tree when comparing generally.
A large height tree, so expect a height of over 6 metres (20 foot) after 10 years but could go on to grow considerably more. Local weather and soil conditions will dictate final height. Expect the spread to be roughly 2/3rds the height of the tree, so if yours makes it to 30m tall, the spread will be 20m.
A columnar shape with an absence of lower branches and the shallow root system may limit plant growth within the drip line. A good choice as a shade tree although waiting for the flowers to arrive could be time consuming, around 7 years or more.
Planting Aureomarginatum Tulip Trees
Plant in full sun or partial shade, preferably acidic soil but will tolerate chalk, choose a well draining site with rich soil if possible. When young, regular watering in very hot weather is better than sporadic drownings. Once well established the Aureomarginatum will tolerate drought better.
Pruning Aureomarginatum Tulip Trees
The Aureomarginatum generally requires little or no pruning although a light occasional prune will promote new growth. Take out any diseased, dead or crossing over branches.
This tree is supplied at a height of 1.50-2.2 metres in a 7 litre container for year round planting and less failure rate than from either bare-root or rootballed stock.
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Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
General Tulip Tree Information
This section used to be Brigadier Tulip Information but since being upgraded, we now call it General Tuplip Tree Information!
Tulip trees are long lived (up to 300 years), very ornamental and will tolerate urban pollution well making them very suitable for parks and urban planting. Tulip trees with an upright shape are suitable for roadside planting. Usually a medium to large tree meaning they will grow to around 6m at 10 years. They could go on to grow much more but this is dependant upon local weather and soil conditions. Heights of over 50m have been recorded.
Most Tulip trees prefer a well draining site, will tolerate chalk but prefer acidic soil.
For those really into Tulip trees, you maybe interested to know that they are part of the Magnolia family. We are not sure if it was adopted or if there was some sordid affair between a Tulip and Magnolia many years ago. The flowers are a rich source of nectar and will attract bees to your garden. Any fruits produced will last long into the winter.
A hardwood tree with many uses because of its height and long length of clear trunk. The wood is light, straight grained, resists splitting and was the "tree of choice" for Native Americans to make canoes.
Useful as a shade tree because of its size and dense canopy. Younger Tulip trees can be fast growing reaching 30-100cm growth a year.