Liriodendron tulipifera

Common name: Tulip Tree

Native plant

A true forest tree that grows in light shade. One of the biggest trees east of the Mississippi River. Seems to grow best on well-drained sites. Flowers are whitish green with a yellow throat and shaped like a tulip. Blooms as the leaves come out. Yellow fall color. I have tried to grow this tree in the field, and it continued to get smaller. It seems to like more protection, so now we grow it in containers.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils

Habitat

Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Cream

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
60 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
1 080 Inches
Max width
60 Feet

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