The Liriodendron tulipifera, known as Liriodendro or tulip tree is a medium-sized tree, with deciduous leaves, native to North America, which reaches 20-25 m in height.
It has an erect trunk, very branched, with gray-green bark, which generally assumes a wrinkled and cracked appearance with age; the crown has a pyramidal shape in the young specimens, tends to round off with the passing of the years, the old specimens have however quite disordered crown. The leaves are large, four-lobed, with full margins; they turn golden yellow in autumn before falling. In late spring it produces numerous erect tulip-shaped inflorescences with yellow-green petals and orange center; in late summer it produces large pine cone-shaped fruits, made up of numerous winged seeds, which fall in the autumn or the following spring. These large trees are generally used in parks, they need a lot of space to be able to develop at their best; the inflorescences bloom on the apex of the branches, and often cannot be seen in large specimens.
As far as the best exposure of the tulip tree o tulip tree, it is advisable to place in a sunny or semi-shaded place; the Liriodendron plants tulipifera they generally do not fear the cold, more likely they fear excessively hot summers, for this reason young specimens may need shade in the hottest months of the year.
It is however advisable to place the specimens of this type in an area where they can receive direct sunlight for a few hours a day.