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Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

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Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
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Mature Height:

70 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.


Full Sun


40 ft.

Growth Rate:


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Botanical Name:

Liriodendron tulipifera

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Gold Flowers in Spring- Yellow Foliage in Fall

You'll leave for work one day in the spring... You notice 3-4 flowers on your tree... You come home that evening and your whole tree is smothered in thousands of blooms.

You now have the "Brightest Tree in the Neighborhood."

During the summer you get a fast growing, well formed green shade tree. In the Fall... get your sunglasses. While other trees are turning brown, your Tulip Poplar leaves turn from green to bright yellow. A great tree for all seasons and one of our best sellers.

The Tulip looking flowers give you a delightful fragrance of nectar that you'll enjoy all spring long. This nectar even attracts birds - including ruby-throated hummingbirds, cardinals and finches - and other small wildlife... the perfect tree for wildlife lovers!

The Tulip Poplar is highly resistant to disease and insects, making this a healthy tree that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

Very easy to grow... thrives in almost all areas! Highly adaptable to a variety of soils - even grows in wet soil! In open areas, the Tulip Poplar usually grows into a majestic cone shape.. making it an attractive front yard tree that will increase your home's value.

Tulip Poplars thrive throughout the United States, in a broad variety of climates and temperature extremes.

Plant yours and start looking forward to the change of seasons.

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Customer Reviews

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36 months ago planted a 5' stick. Cleared a 10' circle in the lawn, threw a bag of good dirt in the hole, planted stick. Now 20' tall and 5"" caliper width. Very full of new growth all season. A great tree from good stock
January 1, 2013
about 10 years ago I bought a tree at a community tree sale. Not really knowing what a tulip poplar was. I brought it home. it is the nicest tree in my yard. Great shade and just perfect.
January 1, 2013
I love this tree!! It was a little stick tree on arrival and within 2 1/2 years it has grown to about 20 feet. The trunk is straight and the foliage is beautiful in every season. No maintenance!
January 1, 2013
The Poplar Tree Stick that I received last year has evolved to a beatiful, disease free and nicely shaped tree. Althoough still small, its contour, leaves and presentation, promises a wonderful and powerful tree. I love i
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
I received my tree very well packed. I was impressed. It was a long stick with 8 bare branches. No leaves but each branch had a bulb at the tip. This is its third week and the bulbs are already opening. I am in zone 10 and it is doing great. I am sure I will order from you again soon.
January 1, 2013
I purchased this one last year spring time. It was just 3 feet not including the root ball. This tree grows extremely fast. So much so it could overtake my 10 year old maple in the next two years if it keeps its growing pace. Right now it 12 ft. that is an amazing 9 feet since it was planted last year. I think it has grown 6 feet since summer. I'm still waiting for blossoms which did not happen this year. And it did not turn yellow last year. Hoping this year I'll get the bright gold leaves and some the tulip blossoms in the coming spring. A truly magnificent specimen. So fun to watch. You pretty much get instant gratification.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Purchased this tree because of the reviews & quick growth, we have been horribly disappointed & it has been over 1 yr. I ordered 2 of the 2-3ft size and both came at 2 ft barely. But I wasn't concerned since they grow so fast! Well here we are at 1+ yrs and still waiting to break the 3ft mark, not quite the projected height
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
I planted the Tulip Poplar Tree for shade and as a host plant to the native Swallowtail butterfly ,Alabama,. There are many of these trees in our area and the yellow flowers look and smell wonderful. This tree does grow very fast and has gorgeous shaped leaves that are huge. The butterflies nibble on the leaves, the tree sprouts new leaves as it grows which is constant. I cant wait to see it bloom again in the spring. Also, when I bought this tree it was about 3 feet tall and it is currently close to 8 feet tall
January 1, 2013
I have had my tree for over four years and it has not bloomed one flower in all this time
January 1, 2013
Hope to see new life this Spring!
We received and planted our Tulip Poplar tree in early October, 2014; we live in northern SC. Our tree arrived in good condition, with just a couple leaves, which it quickly lost. We are hopeful it is OK and look forward to it leafing out this Spring :-)
January 5, 2015
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Tulip Poplar

Tulip Poplar Planting Diretions

The Liriodendron, or tulip poplar, is a genus of two species of characteristically large deciduous trees in the Magnolia family (Magnoliaceae). The tulip poplar is sometimes know as a "Tulip Tree" or "Yellow Poplar", and the wood simply referred to as "Poplar," although it is not closely related to the true poplars of the genus Populus.

The tulip poplar species is a major honey plant in the Eastern United States, yielding a dark reddish, fairly strong honey which gets mixed reviews as a table honey but is favored by bakers. The tulip poplar is also the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Seasonal information: April marks the start of the flowering period in the Southern USA. Tulip poplar trees at the northern limit of cultivation begin to flower in June. The flowers are pale green or yellow (rarely white), with an orange band on the tepals; they yield large quantities of nectar.

Location: The tulip poplar does best when growing in moist soil that drains well. Deep and nutrient rich soil is ideal for most trees and this species is no exception; however, the tulip poplar can adjust to ordinary drier soils with a slightly alkaline pH level.

Tulip poplars require partial sun to full sun to thrive and will not do well in the shade.
 Someone who purchases a tulip poplar as a landscaping tree should make every effort to avoid planting it in hot dry areas of their property. Conversely, the tree will not prosper if the soil is constantly saturated with water.

Planting instructions: When planting, prevent your roots from drying. In many cases, the damage that occurs to roots happens when the trees are planted. Plant your tree with damp roots and minimize root pruning. The more healthy, active roots a seedling has, the better it will survive and grow.

1) Dig a large hole to make plenty of room for the roots. It is better to dig a big hole to accommodate all the roots than to cut roots for a smaller hole. The hole should be twice the width of your tree’s root system and just as deep.
2) Spread out the roots evenly in the hole and surround them with dirt. Tamp down on the soil so that there are no air pockets. If pockets of air are present, the roots of your trees will dry out.
3) Plant your tree so that the roots of the tree are covered and the stem is above ground level. Be sure to cover up to one inch of the stem of your tree.
4) When watering to settle the soil it will compact and sink. Be sure it is level then broadcast mulch around the base to conserve moisture and keep weeds/grass back.

Watering: When young, make sure your tulip poplar tree gets water during extended dry spells, particularly in the summer months. Drooping branches are a sign of both over- or under-watering, so take great care in the watering of your tree.

Fertilization: Tulip poplar trees love fertilizer. Use only slow-release fertilizer tablets for the first growing season. Do not use stronger fertilizers until your tree becomes more established. You can use Miracle Grow, a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fertilizer. Fertilize twice a month when the tree is coming out of dormancy, then once a month during the summer. Stop fertilizing before the tree goes back into dormancy.

Weed Control: Keep weeds and grass two to three feet away from the tree in the first year. The grass will compete with your tree for nutrients in the soil. Pull the weeds initially, and then you can use a growing mat or mulch. Do not spray RoundUp on a young tree, and be careful that wind does not blow chemical drift on the tree. Mulching helps with competing growth around the base of the tree.

Pruning: Cut off any branches that are growing outside of the designated planting area. To cut off a branch, make a cut right next to the branch collar. The branch collar is the swelling that attaches the branch to the trunk. Remove any competing leaders. Tulip trees generally will grow with one strong central leader (vertical growing shoot); however, if there are other competing leaders cut them off near the trunk. Examine the tree for fungal infections. Fungal infections such as tree cankers caused by the fungus myxosporium create swellings on branches. To remove, dip your pruning tool in a mixture of 70 percent denatured alcohol and 30 percent water in between cuts to avoid spreading the disease.

Pests and Disease: The tulip poplar’s most common enemies are the fusarium and nectria canker, and the yellow-polar weevil.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I wanted a large beautiful shade tree
ryan s on Feb 23, 2018
For the flowers, and love the poplars.
Gerald K on Feb 12, 2018
I wanted a large beautiful shade tree
ryan s on Feb 23, 2018
After much research, this tree provides a excellent source of pollen and necter for my 🐝's.
Marlon T on Feb 13, 2018
For the flowers, and love the poplars.
Gerald K on Feb 12, 2018
A fast growing shade tree that does not drop fruits or seeds, which is good for the dogs. Also suitable for a tire swing when the kiddo is old enough.
Maxwell J on Jan 28, 2018
color and fast growing
Tony B on Jan 22, 2018
lovely spring and fall foliage and a small tree for front yard
Martha R on Jan 9, 2018
This variety is beautiful all year round.
Kathryn R on Jan 1, 2018
Fast Growing and a beautiful tree.
Frank C on Dec 15, 2017
I needed attractive shade trees that can grow fast under challenging conditions and are well behaved- With optimum fertilizer application I am thinking that these will "fit the bill".
Tony V on Dec 6, 2017
Wanted trouble free, fast growing, tall, beautiful trees for my back yard..
Birute J on Nov 28, 2017
BALAJI P on Nov 26, 2017
Good reviews
Pedro T on Nov 11, 2017
Good reviews regarding growth, shade, and fall color.
Daniel G on Oct 17, 2017
Shade, beauty and we live on Tulip Poplar Road lol
Harold W on Oct 16, 2017
I like the unique leaves and the fall color
Katherine K on Oct 14, 2017
Well priced, and fast growing.
Brandon D on Oct 7, 2017
Kathleen M on Oct 5, 2017
I chose this tree because of the fall colors which states that it is bright yellow and because i am looking for some trees to shade my yard and I heard that this was a fast growing tree.
Joyce F on Oct 5, 2017
I want a brigth yellow color
Heleo S on Oct 4, 2017
Fast growing a very pretty tree, hardy
John C on Sep 28, 2017
fast growing
"" " on Sep 23, 2017
Color, spring blooming and fast growth
Joseph D on Sep 22, 2017
I saw enormous tulip poplars at Joyce Kilmer Preserve and wanted to give one as a gift. It also appealed to me because it is a beautiful native tree.
Mark H on Sep 21, 2017
I like the golden color and how tall it grows.
Daniel G on Sep 19, 2017
Advice from a gardener friend
Meg F on Sep 14, 2017
It's a beautiful tree.
Amanda T on Aug 7, 2017
The color looks amazing. Can't wait to see what it looks like in 2-3 years. :)
Tiffany M on Aug 6, 2017
Dawn B on Aug 1, 2017
Like the different colors thru the seasons
ron e on Jul 29, 2017
Because it is beautiful but they cant stand the heat in South Texas ...very hot in the summer...
Donna I. D on Jul 29, 2017
color fast growing
donald d on Jul 20, 2017
I loved the tulip looking flowers, attractive for wildlife, and colorful. tall and shady
Jewel H on Jul 18, 2017
Love the look and shape of this tree, along with the colors in the fall
Rodney W on Jul 12, 2017
Remembrance of a loved one. State tree of Tennessee.
rosemarie c on Jul 11, 2017
sweet looking to plant by golf course
Robert S on Jul 9, 2017
Shape and colors
Christopher S on Jul 8, 2017
I want it next to my ranch home where space is limited horizontally, but not vertically. Love those yellow leaves!
Servando L on Jul 3, 2017
wanted color in my yard
Ron H on Jul 1, 2017
it sounds like it will be a nice addition to my yard. Only time will tell.
David L on Jun 29, 2017
love the shape of the tree and the flowers
DOREEN G on Jun 27, 2017
Beautiful fall colors.
shelly k on Jun 27, 2017
Growth rate
Scott N on Jun 24, 2017
I chose this tree because it's a fast-growing tree, and it's a beautiful tree. I needed a shade tree for my backyard, and this is a perfect tree.
Gina T on Jun 20, 2017
We loved the idea of the beautiful tulip flowers and the idea of it attracting hummingbirds and adding value to our home.
Jean D on Jun 18, 2017
fast growing large shade with spring and fall show in deciduous part of zone 8-9 yard
Greg M on Jun 14, 2017
Color and foliage
Paul W on Jun 12, 2017
The color and a fast growing shade tree.
Bertha C on Jun 11, 2017
Fast growing.
Nina M on Jun 11, 2017
Shade, fall color
Angela B on Jun 8, 2017
The color and the spacing fits
Robert G on Jun 7, 2017
After much research, this tree provides a excellent source of pollen and necter for my 🐝's.
Marlon T on Feb 13, 2018
A fast growing shade tree that does not drop fruits or seeds, which is good for the dogs. Also suitable for a tire swing when the kiddo is old enough.
Maxwell J on Jan 28, 2018
Can the Tulip poplar be planted close to the house?
robyn a on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a big tree, and it requires a fair amount of space. It will spread up to 40 feet across, so you should allow at least 25 feet from the house when you site your tree.
I would like to plant this tree in my pasture that houses horses. Would it be safe if they would possibly eat the leaves??
Cathy S on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The only trees my horses haven't eaten are thorn trees. They've cleared my pasture of my maples, oaks, and willows.
I would like info. on the root system?
shirl m on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Tulip Poplar is a big tree and has a big root system to support it. That being said, it is reported as not being a problem about lifting pavement or getting into pipe lines if you allow 15 feet or more between where you plant the tree and the pavement or fence. I would allow a bit extra (20 feet) from a house.
Is it deer resistant?
isabel f on Jul 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No. You'll have to take serious steps to protect the young tree from deer. I put wire around mine, and I also hang bars of Irish Spring soap on my young trees to help deter deer.
Are there male (non flower producing) & female (flower producing) tulip trees?
Ginny on Jun 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: NO there is no gender bias with a Tulip Poplar. Each tree will produce flowers, under the correct conditions.
Love this tree but I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. What are my chances of success with this wet tropical climate?
Juan C on Feb 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Is the tree very messy? I have hybrid poplars and every time the wind blows I get little branches all over the place. Also every spring I get little yellow sticky things all over the ground and patio (seeds perhaps).
Dan C on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We have a Tulip tree in our front yard. It does tend to drop a few twigs in the spring, generally not much longer than 12 inches or so. And of course when it is in bloom it will drop petals and the occasional whole "flower". This usually only last three to four weeks in the spring. I'm not sure about the yellow sticky things you are referring to.

One potentially messy thing that is does is drop a lot of "sap" when it is in bloom. If you see it in the right light it can actually look like a light mist coming from the tree. The is really only a problem for us as the tree is near our drive way, and it gets all over the car!

Hope this helps.
How is this tree around saltwater?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Tulip Poplars do not have any salt tolerance.
I purchased and planted a Tulip Tree in 2013. It seems to be doing well, now estimating 13-14 feet tall and 5-6 feet across; trunk about 2 1/2-3 inches. We have yet to see yellow flowers on it though and were wondering if the tree needs to get to a certain age before it begins to flower as advertised. We live about 40 miles s.w. Of Chicago in the a rural neighborhood. Any ideas or guidance to offer? Otherwise, nice looking tree.
Jan F on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It can take up to 15 years before they flower.
How long will the tree live?
Dan C on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Tulip poplar is a fast growing tree that has a life expectancy of 300 years if growing optimal conditions. In urban / suburban settings, most specimens will more than likely live between 100 to 200 years
What is the premium planting kit?
SethHughes on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The premium planting kit has the Rocket Fertilizer, Tree Guard and the Tree Staking Kit.
does it root on top of the ground ?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No it does not its a deep rooter
I purchased a Tulip Poplar several months ago, it does not seem to be growing, it still seems to be neededing water daily, is there something wrong with my tree? I thougt I would at least see some growth or a few leaves maybe I am just to anxious?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We have had our tree for three years and have seen significant growth the past two summers. I suggest waiting a year before growing more concerned.
Should I plant 2 of these trees next to each other or is that a bad idea to plant 2 by each other?
Kathy M on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can plant two next to each other. I would suggest planting around 15-20 ft apart.
Is this tree messy?
Ernie B on May 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. Like most deciduous trees, the Tulip Poplar does drop its leaves off once it goes into dormancy. Other than that it is not considered a messy tree. We hope this information is helpful. For more information on Tulip poplar you can visit:
This is probably a stupid question...but is there any way this tree could be kept indoors?
Rob E on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend planting this tree indoors. It will eventually have to go dormant and being inside will mess with the process. They really do prefer to be planted in the ground.
Do limbs break easily? Are they brittle?lo
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No! We do have strong winds here. We staked it for two years and just removed it. Our tree is growing fast in spite of the wind and seems to be very healthy and strong. Not a limb has been lost.
Do they grow well in Southwest Florida?
Lorie J on Nov 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
When is the best time of the year to plant this tree?
Allan L on Sep 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Fall/Spring is a great time for planting.
Do they grow well in Oregon eugeneWhen is
Do they grow well in Eugene Oregon?
Dee M on Oct 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. These trees grow best in zones 4-9. According to the USDA Zone Hardiness map Eugene Oregon falls into zone 8. In regards to how the trees grow for you locally, you may want to reach out to your local agricultural extension to see if these trees thrive successfully in your area. We hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have additional questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.
Will this tree grow in the Hi-Desert of Southern Calif.?
David R on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Tulip Poplar growing zones are 4-9 Heres a link to see what growing zone your in
I planted a Tulip Poplar Last fall its about 10' tall we live in the Missouri Ozarks weave had a lot of rain this year . But its starting to look like its late fall the leaves are turning Yellow and Brown looks like its starting to die. No one around here knows what to do. Any help would be appreciated. ?
Travis N on Jul 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When Tulip Poplar trees are stressed (usually due to drought) their leaves turn yellow sooner and will start to drop. It sounds like this might be something that is happening to yours.
Does the tree require a special ph in order to bloom? I have had mine for almost 4yrs and no blooms.
Ralph R on Jun 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These trees tolerate a pH of 4.5-7.5.
How much space between each tulip poplar?
Tracy b on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would space them about 30-40 ft apart.
Hello, I live in Colorado at about 5,000 feet elevation. Can I plant this in early Spring? Are there any issues with waiting for freeze danger to pass?

Thanks, Mike
Mike H on Feb 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There should not be any problem with this. Once the ground has thawed or late march should be fine. Do not fertilize newly planted-plants.
I live in Houston TX. What is the best time of year to plant this Tree?
Jason on Dec 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.
I have no shade in my back yard. Would this tree be a good choice to shade my grandchildren's playground? I have swingset, fort, playhouse and trampoline but no shade!!
Kathy H on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi. I think this would be a great shade tree. It has large leaves and is fast growing. I have it getting water everyday and it has grown at least 3 feet this year. Last year is when I planted it and it had a slow start but made up for it this year. Good luck
Claims to grow in wet soil. Spring I will have inches of standing water, sometimes for week or longer. Even if the water subsides the soil remain very wet. Will this tree survive and thrive?
JoeyV on Jul 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: JV, If you planted tree and packed soil so no aiir pockets form, you should be ok. If not, too much water could lead to root rot. Monitor leaves, as long as the stay green you should be ok.
How strong is the Tulip Popular? We have lots of high winds here in central Indiana!
CARL S on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my tulip poplar about 2 years ago. We have terrible soil here with a deep clay layer, but it has finally broken through. We often have 50-60 mph winds through the columbia river gorge, and the tree is very sturdy. Since the leaves are widely spaced, and the branches are evenly distributed, it is a good candidate for windy areas. Enjoy.
I live in the Panhandle of Florida and my soil is VERY sandy. How will this tree do?
Reefinder on Oct 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine is doing ok in sandy soil need to plant with good soil and fertilizer

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