Tulip Poplar

Product Description

The Tulip poplar 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 tree produces these light, greenish-yellow flowers from April to June. It is a prolific seed bearer, but it has a low percent germination. The cone shaped fruit clusters usually persist on branches.

This tree is rapid growing and will eventually grow up to a height of 80 to 120 feet and a trunk diameter of 2 to 5 feet. Young trees have a pyramidal form. 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.  This tree also features fantastic bright yellow fall color.

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 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.

upside down test

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!

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