LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA.--Tulip Tree. North America, 1688. One of the

noblest hardy exotic trees in cultivation. The large, four-lobed,

truncate leaves, of a soft and pleasing green, are highly ornamental,

and are alone sufficient to establish the identity of the tree. Flowers

large, yellow, and sweet-scented, and usually freely produced when the

tree has attained to a height of between 20 feet and 30 feet. When we

consider the undoubted hardihood of the tree and indifference to soil,

its noble aspect, handsome foliage that is so distinct from that of any

other tree, and showy flowers, we feel justified in placing it in the

very first rank of ornamental trees. L. tulipifera integrifolia has

entire leaves, which render it distinct from the type; L. tulipifera

fastigiata, or pyramidalis, is of erect growth; L. tulipifera aurea,

with golden foliage; and L. tulipifera crispa, with the leaves curiously

undulated--a peculiarity which seems constant, but is more curious than

beautiful. Few soils come amiss to the Tulip Tree, it thriving well in

that of very opposite descriptions--loam, almost pure gravel, and

alluvial deposit.

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