What Is A Tree Lily?

A tree lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a small evergreen shrub or small tree native to tropical regions of Asia, Africa and Australia. They are sometimes called “tree lilies” because they resemble little trees. The name comes from their flowers which look like tiny pine cones with a white center surrounded by pink petals.

Tree lilies have three main types of leaves, two of which are edible and one that is poisonous. The edible leaf is the innermost leaf while the toxic leaf is the outermost. Both parts are edible but only the edible part contains nutrients.

The poisonous portion causes symptoms similar to those caused by eating a potato peel or raw onion. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

The tree lily grows best in full sun, moist soil and rich organic matter. They prefer well drained soil with good drainage. They will grow in poor soils and if not given enough water they may die.

If you live near a stream or river, you might want to consider planting some in your yard so that they can get out into the sunlight where they belong!

When Are Tree Lily Bulbs Available For Sale?

The tree lily is shipped from New Zealand to the U.S. and if you’re looking to buy them then there are two options: you can buy them in the fall or winter or you can plant them during the spring growing season. The tree lily bulbs are available in the fall from nurseries that specialize in plants that thrive where it’s cooler which overlaps with places that have cold winters. If you’re interested in trying to grow them where it’s warmer then you’ll have to wait until the spring when they are available for sale from nurseries that specialize in plants that thrive in warm climates.

How Do I Plant A Tree Lily?

To plant a tree lily, first find a location that is full sun and dig a hole. The hole should be at least a foot deep and a foot wide. When you plant the tree lily, the top of the bulb should be about 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Add manure or compost to the bottom of the hole and mix it into the soil with your hands before adding the tree lily bulb.

If you’re planting more than one tree lily, you should plant them at least 8 feet apart so that they have room to grow. After planting the tree lily bulb, add more soil to cover the bulb up and then pat down the soil so there are no holes or air pockets.

If you’re planting your tree lilies in pots or containers, the process is the same except you don’t need to dig a hole first.

How Tall Does A Tree Lily Get?

A tree lily can grow to be between 3 and 8 feet tall. The flowers usually appear during the spring and summer. The flower typically has six petals, sometimes eight.

What Is Tree Lily Bulb Maintenance Like?

Tree lilies need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. They prefer rich soil that drains well and should be watered every day, especially during the summer. They can grow in temperatures as cold as 30 degrees F. They grow best in temperature between 40 degrees and 100 degrees F.

Other names for this flower include amor seco, elephant’s breath, monkey face and spider lily. There are over 200 different species of these plants located in parts of Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

Sources & references used in this article:

Method for dwarfing lilies and lily bulbs obtained from the dwarfing treatment by J Daimon, Y Takeda – US Patent 5,500,404, 1996 – Google Patents

Establishment of the total RNA extraction system for lily bulbs with abundant polysaccharides by X Li, C Wang, H Sun, T Li – African Journal of Biotechnology, 2011 – ajol.info

Stem Elongation Response ofStargazer’Oriental Lily to Bulb Dips in Uniconazole by B Liu, RD Heins – HortScience, 1995 – journals.ashs.org

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