Tulip Poplar Tree

Native Hardwood has Unique Spring and Fall Interest

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. 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.

Tulip Poplar Tree Care

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

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color Chartreuse
Foliage Color Green / Yellow
Mature Height 80-120 ft
Mature Width 40 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fast growth rate
  • Yellow flowers
  • Shade tree
  • Fall color

Shipping Info

Once your Tulip Poplar Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Tulip Poplar prefers nutrient rich, regularly moist but well drained soil and is intolerant of drought. They prefer full sun. A very fast grower, the Tulip tree needs considerable space consideration. It should be planted where its branches will not interfere with structures, power lines, etc. Dead and weak growth as well as branches that overhang structures and driveways should be pruned away in late winter or early spring.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Tulip Poplar, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

6 reviews for Tulip Poplar Tree

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  1. Roxie

    Purchasing from Perfect Plants made the experience of online shopping a pleasure

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  2. Leslie (verified owner)

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    Arrived in good shape with lots of healthy foliage, a few brown leaves which is to be expected. Nice branching habit already established

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Leslie, thank you for the response on the Tulip poplar tree. We are confident your tree will bounce back once planted in the ground. They truly are lovely trees. Enjoy!

  3. Karl B. (verified owner)

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

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We hope your new Tulip Poplar Tree thrives!

  4. Sallie D. (verified owner)

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    Did not survive transplanting

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Sallie, so sorry your tulip poplar tree is doing less than par. We can certainly fix the experience for you. Reach out to us at contact@myperfectplants.com for further assistance.

  5. christine ryan (verified owner)

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    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.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Christine, so sorry your tulip poplar trees arrived less than par. We can certainly fix the experience for you. Reach out to us at contact@myperfectplants.com for further assistance.

  6. Robert (verified owner)

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    Top 12-16” broken

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