Tulip tree blooms nine years after planting

One of a group of tulip trees planted between the Edward Boyle Library and the School of Music up to 9 years ago is finally in bloom.


Dr John Lydon, who brought the flower to our attention said, "Every year since the trees were planted, I have looked for any sign of a flower and they are every bit as exotic as my Observer’s Book of Trees led me to believe’

Tulip trees are so-named due to their unique leaves which take on a tulip shape with flowers that are also shaped like a tulip.  Taking such a long time to bloom is not unusual, with some taking up to 15 years or more for a flower to appear.

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