Liriodendron tulipifera at Victoria Park

Liriodendron tulipifera 0

Liriodendron tulipifera
March 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera 1

Liriodendron tulipifera
mid May 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera 2

Liriodendron tulipifera
mid June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera 3

Liriodendron tulipifera
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 15530 76953
Common name Tulip tree
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Height 26M March 2015
Height 29M September 2021
Girth 356cm March 2015
Girth 389cm October 2021
Reference 166

This tree is east of the bandstand.

The approximate age of this tree is calculated by estimating its lifetime growing conditions and measuring its girth.[1]

The age calculation has been made on the basis that this ground is a "good" site for Tulip trees. Prior to the park, the ground was Ely Common with a natural pond. The top soil is quite shallow and contains pebbles. Once the park was created, c.1897, the ground became quite compacted.

Doing the calculation on the basis of this being a good site, the tree is estimated to be approximately 124 years old in 2015, and therefore started growing around 1891.

Liriodendron tulipifera bark

Liriodendron tulipifera bark
March 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf

Liriodendron tulipifera leaf
mid June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera flower

Liriodendron tulipifera flower
mid June 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera seed

Liriodendron tulipifera fruit
mid July 2015

Liriodendron tulipifera seed1

Liriodendron tulipifera mature fruit
early January 2020

Liriodendron tulipifera seed2

Liriodendron tulipifera mature fruit
early January 2020

General tree description

Liriodendron tulipifera is a fast-growing tree that can reach heights of 35 metres in Britain. It has pale grey bark with criss-crossing ridges and large (up to 18cm long), distinctively saddle-shaped leaves. These are bright green, turning yellow and gold in autumn. In June and July there are upright yellow-green flowers, somewhat tulip-shaped, and about 4cm in length. The fruits are winged seeds in a cone-like structure, which forms in the autumn and disintegrates the following spring.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain