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Tulip Tree | Plant Profile

Tulip Tree or Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) are large deciduous ornamental trees that can grow up to 90′. The shape can be pyramidal to conical. The tulip-like flowers that bloom in the spring are particularly attractive.

Tulip Tree prefers consistently moist, fertile, and well drained soils in full sun to part shade. These ornamental trees are tolerant of rabbits, deer, and clay or wet soils as long as they are well drained.

Tulip Trees are ideal or large spaces or public parks. They provide ample shade and privacy. These trees have large roots and should not be planted near structures or as a street tree. Additional landscaping should not be located at the base of these trees because of the shallow roots.


Tulip Tree Characteristics

Tulip Trees are are large ornamental trees with highly attractive tulip-like flowers. The yellow flowers are cup shaped with an orange band at the base. Flowers can be hard to see from far away as the leaves have already sprouted by the time the flowers bloom. The trunk can grow up to 6' wide and rarely sprouts low branches. The flowers give way to brown, scaly fruits that carry seeds.

Tulip Trees are quiet resistant to most serious diseases or insect infestations. Some pests include alphids and scale. Mold and mildew are possible. These trees are fast growing and can result in weak wood. This makes Tulip Trees vulnerable to breakage from strong winds and heavy snow or ice.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
60.00 - 90.00
30.00 - 50.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?