The Chinese Tulip Tree is one of the two species of tulip trees; the other species is the American tulip tree. It is very similar to the American species but the leaves are more deeply lobed and the flowers do not have orange pigment on the petals. The young leaves are burgundy in color. It grows up to 130 feet in height. L. chinense is native to Central and southern China, where it grows in forests. In the wild it is rare and it grows in small populations. It is grown as an ornamental tree and it is used for lumber. Hardy in zones 6-9.
Growing Instructions for the Chinese Tulip Tree
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 12-16 weeks. 3. Fill a pot with potting soil. Use a pot that has drainage holes in the base. 4. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 5. Water the container and leave it to drain. 6. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 7. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 8. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.