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Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree)

Tulip Tree, Canary Whitewood, Canoewood, Lyre Tree, North American Whitewood, Saddle Tree, Tulip Poplar, Western Poplar, Whitewood, Yellow Poplar


Tall and stately, Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) is a magnificent, deciduous tree of pyramidal habit when young, becoming oval-rounded with age. In late spring to early summer, tulip-shaped, yellowish-green flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), marked with orange at the base of each petal, appear after the leaves on mature trees (at least 12-15 years old). Handsome at close range, they are borne so high on the tree that they are often missed. They are followed by cone-like fruit that provide winter interest. The glossy foliage of 4-lobed, flat-topped, bright green leaves, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), turns brilliant golden yellow in fall. Tulip Tree makes a superb shade tree or specimen tree for a large landscape. Native Americans made dugout canoes from the straight, column-like trunks. This is the state tree of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 60-80 ft. tall (18-24 m) and 30-40 ft. wide (9-12 m)
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in organically rich, moist, acidic, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • Low maintenance, this beautiful tree is not subject to serious insect or disease issues. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Liriodendron - Tulip Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Liriodendron - Tulip Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 60' – 80' (18m – 24m)
Spread 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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