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 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.
This tree is rapid growing and will eventually grow up to a height of 80 to 120 feet tall 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 yellow fall color. The bright green leaves turn golden yellow in fall.
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. Plant this yellow poplar in full sun. **Not shipped bare root, it is rooted in a pot with soil.
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- Fast growth rate
- Yellow flowers
- Shade tree
- Fall color