Tulip Poplar Trees

Zone 4-9 Fast Growing Shade

Makes A Great Shade Tree

  • Fast Shade

    Tulip Tree is an extremely tolerant tree which can grow in almost any conditions. 


    Tulip trees are so named because of the tulip-like appearance of their flowers. Emerging in mid-spring, the three-inch blossoms are yellow with orange streaks radiating on the inside of the petals and often tinged with green or pink tones on the outside. The foliage resembles that of poplars with four pointed lobes and turns golden yellow and then brown in fall.


    They are considered a choice ornamental specimen as they have a very symmetrical branching structure and typically develop a pleasing form without help from an arborist.


    Tulip poplar is one of the tallest of the native American hardwoods. Kentucky was home to some of the most magnificent of these stately trees. Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana have named tulip poplar as the state tree. The tree has winter features including duck's bill-shaped buds and furrowed bark. It also offers striking flowers in May and June. Leaves emerge folded and yellow and become green with age. They turn a clear yellow in autumn.


    The tulip tree is a cherished shade tree because of its towering size. It bears greenish flowers in June and the leaves turn golden in autumn.

    No serious susceptibilities known.

    Landscape uses include specimen and parks plantings.


    Because of its large mature height and spread, Tulip Tree is best in open areas of the yard or in the parkway. Tulip Tree should be planted at least 15-20ft away from buildings. 



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