The Tulip poplar tree actually is not a poplar at all, but is a member of the magnolia family. Its leaves are tulip-shaped and simple. The 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 a light, greenish-yellow tulip shaped flowers with an orange band from April to June in summer months. It is a prolific seed bearer, but it has a low percent germination. The cone shaped fruit clusters usually persist on branches with weak wood.
The tulip tree also features fantastic yellow fall color. The bright green leaves turn golden yellow in fall.
Tulip Poplar Growth Rate
This tree is rapid 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 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. Plant this bright yellow poplar in full to partial sun.
Can be grown over most of the United States in USDA 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. Great choice for a 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.
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