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Tulip Poplar 'Little Volunteer'

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Little Volunteer'

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Big Beauty for Small Spaces

This well-proportioned miniature comes from Tennessee's beautiful state tree, the Tulip Poplar, so its nickname is 'Little Volunteer'. The all-American gem is native to the eastern USA and grows just one-third the size of its relative: 35 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

Benefit from Instant Curb Appeal

Because of its small stature, the miniature Tulip Poplar is ideal for landscaping in city front yards, back yards and gardens. You'll appreciate how it doesn't dominate visitors' view of your home. No matter where you decide to plant the Little Volunteer, you'll benefit from all the best features of a large tree adapted to a smaller size.

A Convenient and Easy-Going Grower
This tulip poplar is known to "keep its branches to itself" and maintain its central leader better than similar varieties. The tidy, upright habit means less fuss, with ascending branches that don't require much pruning. As your tree matures, it won't extend its branches close to your windows and siding.

Plant this tree in moist, well-drained soil and watch it grow up to 12 feet tall and six feet wide in its first four years.

Superior Foliage, Without Much Fall Cleanup

This poplar's leaves look like silhouettes of violins and are very handsome close up. Its deep green leaves change to a soft, butter yellow in the fall. As the leaves begin to fall during the autumn months, you’ll appreciate your Little Volunteer tulip poplar because raking is never as much work when you're cleaning up after a miniature tree! It won't have you toiling over enormous piles of heavy foliage.

Yearly Flowers Add Visual Interest

Blooming between May and June each year, the Tulip Poplar's abundant flowers are yellow backed by deep orange bands. Look out the window at the nectar-rich flowers and be reminded that great beauty can sprout from places that were once just ordinary.

Order Tulip Poplar 'Little Volunteer' today and add this eye-catching miniature tree to your landscape!

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Product Details

    Mature Height:30-35 ft.
    Mature Width:18-20 ft.
    Sunlight:Full Sun
    Growth Rate:Moderate
    Botanical Name:Liriodendron tulipifera 'Little Volunteer'
    Does Not Ship To:AZ
    Grows Well In Zones:4-9 outdoors
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    Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors

    (hardy down to -20℉)

    Customer Reviews & Photos


    Based on 12 reviews

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    Update to previous review, new photo

    Providing an update since I omitted second photo from previous review. Very happy with this tree. A year and a half after planting it’s approaching 10 feet. Shape is nice, trunk is sturdy and straight. Planted in full sun so it was watered frequently through the prolonged extreme heat this past Summer.

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    Little Volunteer Tulip Poplar 1 year after planting

    It’s been almost exactly a year (13 months) since planting our 2-3’ Little Volunteer tulip poplar and we’re very pleased with how it’s growing. It has branched out nicely and is now 7’ tall. For the record, it gets full sun from late morning to late afternoon.

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    Beautiful tree

    We picked this tree because we had one at our first house and love the shape of it and the flowers that bloom. The only reason I'm giving 4 starts is because the tree we received was a "tree sucker". So at the very base of the tree there was a main trunk growing that was cut down and the tree we got is one growing on the side of that main growth. So rather than being straight, it's curved then growing upwards as it isn't the original growth... if that makes sense. It's just starting to bloom and I'm sure it will be okay but we were a little disappointed when we received it.

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    Don E.
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    I purchased my tree a year ago, planted it. Forgot it and ran it over with my mower (only 2 inches of the stump remained). It grew back in one season to over 6 feet tall! Amazing, cant wait for this year. I highly recommend this tree.

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    arrived in good condition.

    Planting was easy. Now it is wait and see till next Spring.

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