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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