Liriodendron Tulipifera

Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

60-90′ x 30-40′


Full sun


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Fall Color

Container Sizes

#5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

2-12, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Liriodendron Tulipifera the Tulip Tree or sometimes called the yellow poplar is a large stately deciduous tree that grows 60 to 90 feet tall.  It matures into a pyramidal shape.  The trunks of mature trees may reach 4 to 6 feet in diameter with a column-like growth habit and with no lower branching.

Liriodendron Tulipifera is so named for its cup-shaped tulip-like flowers.  They bloom in the spring and are yellow with an orange band at the base of each petal.   The flowers can go unnoticed on large trees because they appear after the leaves are fully developed.   The flowers are followed by dry oblong-shaped brown fruits bearing numerous seeds.  The wood from this tree can be used commercially for furniture plywood boatbuilding paper pulp and for general lumber use.  Native American Indians made dugout canoes from tulip tree trunks. Liriodendron Tulipifera is the state tree of Kentucky Tennessee and Indiana. Tulipifera means tulip bearing.

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