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A greyish day in Cornwall, in the gardens of Glendurgan. I have shared pictures from the gardens before; a sub-tropical garden that runs down to the Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan.

This is March, so the tree is not showing any signs of breaking foliage just yet.

"The Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipfera.

The Glendurgan Tulip tree is unique in size and shape. One of two planted by Alfred Fox in the 1830s, its origins go back to the early days of the garden.

In 2009 it became clear that the smaller of the two trees was badly infected with disease. After extensive surgery and giving it the chance to regenerate, sadly it had to be felled.

Everything is now being done to help the remaining tree to live as long as possible.
Over the years foot tread has caused bruising and damage to both the roots and bark. This allows disease to spread.
It has been decided to close and grass over the path, giving the tree a chance to recover.!

(Information from John Lanyon, Head Gardener.)

Facts about Tulip trees
*Fossil records of Tulip trees have been found dating from the Cretaceous period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago.

*They are native to N.E.America and the indigenous people used them to make dugout canoes.

*They were introduced to the UK in the 17th century.

*They are a member of the Magnolia family and can grow to over 60 metres in the wild.

*Pale green and orange tulip like flowers appear in the summer.
(Information from the Glendurgan information board.)

One more view in the w/s.

Thanks for looking.

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