Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

  • Tulip Poplar grows 80 to 100 feet tall and maintains a fairly narrow oval crown, even as it grows older.  Depending on the site, Tulip Poplar has a moderate to rapid growth rate at first but slows down with age.
  • The flowers appear in spring and are greenish-yellow with orange markings.  The tree gets its name from the distinctive cup-shaped flowers which really do resemble tulips.  Some people even think the leaf shape resembles the outline of a tulip. 
  • The fall color is gold to yellow.
  • Although a rather large tree, Tulip-Poplar could be used as a specimen tree in large landscapes if provided plenty of soil for root growth.
  • Tulip Poplars grow best in full sun to partial shade, and prefers well-drained, acid soil. Drought conditions in summer can cause premature defoliation of interior leaves which turn bright yellow and fall to the ground, especially on newly-transplanted trees.

Information Source: Liriodendron tulipifera: Tuliptree

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