The tulip tree is gorgeous and commonly seen down here in the south of New Zealand. I assume these in my photos are the North American species L. tulipifera. The leaves are distinctively shaped and the flowers are very pretty but easily missed. The first three photos are of a particular tree at Monte Christo Gardens and the last photo was taken in the town of Clyde. ~Central Otago, New Zealand.

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Liriodendron flowers and foliage.
Photos taken 07 Dec 2021.

There’s a page about this species at the Dunedin Botanic Garden website.

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021/22)

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  1. Both the flowers and the leaves look a lot like those of the tulip trees that we have in our area. The trees themselves grow really tall and most of the time I see the flowers only when they fall off of the tree onto the ground. Your captures, Liz, of the flowers and the leaves are beautiful, especially on a day like today when the trees in my area are still covered in snow.

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  2. Very interesting. What we call the ‘tulip tree’ has quite different flowers, but like this one it’s also in the magnolia family. I looked this up and found it is a native in Texas, but only in five of our 254 counties — not common, for sure. It is a beauty.

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