Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Tulip Poplar

Lirondendron tulipifera
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green, Yellow
Fall Color: Gold
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

70 to
100
feet

Spread:

40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 70 to
100
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 70 to
100
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A magnificent shade tree for large use areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Can be cut down to the ground each winter to produce huge leaves each year. If grown in restricted/confined areas will develop leaf scorch.
Basic Description

A very large and fast growing shade tree. Probably not a good choice for small sites or confined areas. Pyramidal shape when young, round when mature and usually highly branched. Unusual maple-like leaves with the tip cut straight across.Yellow-green-orange tulip-like flowers in early summer are carried high on the branches.Interesting fruits follow that are cone-like persist through winter. Bright green leaves in summer turning a golden yellow in fall. An aristocratic tree!

Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage

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