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  • Fast growth rate

  • Yellow flowers

  • Shade tree

  • Fall color

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The Tulip poplar tree actually is not a poplar at all but is a member of the magnolia family. The tulip poplar leaves are tulip-shaped and simple. The yellow poplar leaf is smooth on both surfaces, dark green and lustrous above, and often pale with a slight whitish bloom beneath.

This beautiful tree is covered in light, greenish-yellow tulip shaped flowers with an orange band from April to June in the summer months. The tulip poplar flower puts on a gorgeous display during the spring and summer blooming season.

It is a prolific seed bearer, but it has low percent germination. The cone shaped fruit clusters usually persist on branches with weak wood.

The yellow tulip tree also features fantastic yellow color. The bright green leaves turn golden yellow for great fall color before falling to the ground as all deciduous trees do. The Tulip Poplar tree is a favorite wildlife system for beavers and porcupines who frequently nest near these trees or use the wood to build beaver dams.

Tulip Poplar Growth Rate

This tree is rapidly growing and will eventually grow up to a mature height of 80 to 120 feet tall and a trunk diameter of 2 to 5 feet. Young trees have a pyramidal form. The fast growth rate is up to 2-3 feet per year if planted in full sun.


The Tulip Poplar does best on moderately moist, deep, well drained, loose textured soils. It rarely grows well in very dry or very wet situations or in clay soils. Plant this bright yellow poplar in full to partial sun.

Can be grown over most of the United States in the department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 4-9. This fast growing tree is especially popular in eastern north America. Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana have named this native tree as their state tree. A great choice for a fast growing shade tree as well.

Be sure to water well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system so the Liriodendron tulipifera can last for years to come. Not shipped bare root, it is rooted in a pot with soil. It is very easy to plant and will come with planting instructions.

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Botanical Name
Liriodendron tulipifera

Full Sun

Flower Color

Foliage Color
Green / Yellow

Mature Width
40 ft

Mature Height
80-120 ft

Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Carol N.
United States United States

tulip poplar

I ordered 2 of these trees in the beginning of summer. Well that was a mistake, it was hot and they didnt make the trip and died. I notified Perfect Plants and sent them pictures. They sent me 2 more trees but we waited till it cooled down, I am very happy and satisfied with Perfect Plants. They started growing right away. I give them a 10 star rating they stand behind there warranty. Thank you I am looking forward for these trees to grow. Happy planting to all who love it!


Perfect Plants

Hi Carol, we were happy to fix the experience for you and send you some better looking tulip poplar trees. You are welcome and enjoy!


Top 12-16” broken

christine r.

Unfortunately, one of the 5 poplars is not doing well. They have all lost their leaves, planted perfectly. I will have to wait and see if these poplars will survive. They arrived wilted from inside boxes, maybe too warm during shipment. Sorry, but we will see what happens here.


Perfect Plants

Hi Christine. We're sorry to hear what is happening and hope everything went well with your Tulip Poplar Tree. Our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns. Hope you're doing well.

Sallie D.

Did not survive transplanting


Perfect Plants

Hi Sallie. We are so sorry to hear what happened to your Tulip Poplar Tree and appreciate your comments.

Karl B.

So far so good. We will see if it survives the winter


Perfect Plants

Thank you for your feedback, Karl. Hope you're enjoying your new Tulip Poplar Tree. Take care!

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