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5ft Liriodendron tulipifera 'Fastigiata' | Upright Tulip Tree | 9L Pot

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A magnificent tree adorning your landscape with impactful structure, unique flowers, and fine autumn colour

  • This upright Liriodendron tulipifera 'Fastigiata' (but most commonly known as the upright tulip tree) will make the perfect focal point within your garden with its columnar shape and magnificent foliage. The tulip-like flowers which have earned this lovely tree its name are of a beautiful yellow-green shade, and sit mostly towards the apex of the tree. Come autumn, the foliage will mature to rusty orange - transforming your landscape with fine autumn colour!

    Variety Information

    • Habit: Upright
    • Foliage Colour:  Green, rusty orange in autumn
    • Flowers?: Once mature, yellow/green flowers will appear in mid-summer
    • Features:  Green foliage, unique flowers, beautiful structure.
  • Supplied As:  9 litre pot
  • Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy:  150cm (5ft)
  • Age:  2 Years
  • Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.:  10m (33ft) x 4m (13ft) (Based on 20 - 50 years)


We have developed an eco friendly pot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This pot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. These pots also prevent root spiralling, encouraging a healthier root system.

All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.

Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.

Your tulip tree's growth and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Tulip trees can be found growing in regions with very mild climates, so our winters are unlikely to cause them damage.
  • Position: Tulip trees benefit from being planted in full sun, but partial sun is also perfectly sufficient.
  • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your tulip tree's growth. Waterlogged soils will starve it of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing the roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve them of oxygen and water, so you should avoid compressing the soil when planting.

Bare root and containerised trees have differing planting requirements, detailed below:

  • Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
  • Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralised roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
  • Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised trees also share planting requirements, detailed below:

  • With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
  • Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
  • Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
More Information
Deciduous Or Evergreen Deciduous
Common Name Tulip Tree
Flower Colour Yellow
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Stem/Bark/Cane Colour Brown
Type Ornamental Trees
Eventual Height 8m-12m
Eventual Spread 4m-8m
Foliage Colour Green
Growth Habit Upright
Supplied As 9L-14L Pot
Type Ornamental Trees
Latin Name Liriodendron
Shop By Category Ornamental Trees