Tulip Tree Seedling

(Question)

Our backyard tulip tree sprouted an offspring, around 5 metres away from the parent trunk. Our yard is too small to accommodate a second adult tree so we’d like to find a new home for the baby. We can’t think of anyone in our friend/family network, so wondering if you might have any suggestions. Also, we don’t know when it would be sturdy enough to dig up nor how go about transplanting. It’s 2 years old now, stands ~12″ tall, trunk is~1/4″ thick. We would appreciate your guidance.

(Answer)

Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

How generous of you to offer your Tulip Tree seedling (Lireodendron tulipifera). My first thought is the Toronto Bonsai Society http://torontobonsai.org/ or your local garden or horticultural society.

Regarding the transplanting process, since it is two years old and sturdy, it should be suitable to dig up and pot up for gifting. Tulip trees are generally easily propagated by seed and by stem cuttings, and your seedling may have generated from a seed. These seeds require a cold treatment which it would have received over the winter in your garden.

We wish the recipient as much pleasure from your gift as you have from the parent tree.