Liriodendron tulipifera

(Tulip Tree)

By January 28, 2024
Blooming yellow and orange flowers on the branch of a Liriodendron Tulipifera, Tulip Tree, tree

About Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree)

This deciduous tree is known as Liriodendron tulipifera. A large growing specimen reaching an average mature landscape size of 70-90′ tall by 21-27′ wide. Its wide and flat leaves, also known as broadleaf, fill the tree as the spring season approaches then turn both yellow and brown during the fall. As its leaves begin to change color, its fruit also begins to grow. Cone shaped and brown in color, its fruit ripens as the fall season is well underway. During the colder months it loses its leaves but by spring interesting blooms begin to emerge. Just as its common name suggests, Tulip Tree, tulip-like flowers begin to bloom. With greenish-yellow petals with bright orange accents, its flowers really make this tree a sight to see. An interesting contrast against its green foliage.
Other common names that have been associated with this tree include Yellow Poplar and Tulip Poplar.

Planting And Care Instructions

Plant Liriodendron tulipifera in well draining soil in an area that receives full sun exposure. If planting near a property, be sure to leave at least 15 feet of space between the tree and the building. Water regularly after planting to help it establish well, then reduce frequency. A general fertilizer can be used in spring before new growth begins to emerge.

Landscape Design Ideas

Tulip Tree is an excellent specimen as a focal point for a residential yard. Its large stature makes it an excellent option to offer shade from harsh afternoon sunshine.

Botanical Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Common Name: Tulip Tree

Average Landscape Size: 70-90' x 21-27'

Plant Type: Deciduous

Bloom Color: Yellow and orange

Berry Color: Brown

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Tree

Sizes: 15 gallon & 24" box

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Dramatic Color, Ornamental Plant, Seasonal Color Change to Foliage, Showy Spring Flowers,