Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 70 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 30-40 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Liriodendron tulipifera
- Does Not Ship To:
Visual Interest in Spring and Fall
Imagine leaving for work one morning during spring: before you leave, you notice 3 to 4 diminutive blooms on your tree. When you come home that evening, that same tree is covered in a blanket of fresh florals.
With the Tulip Poplar, a dazzling production and fast growth are not only possible but expected. You'll have the brightest tree in the neighborhood with the twist of no-nonsense care and fast growth.
During the summer, you'll have a fast growing, well-formed green shade tree. When fall arrives, the Tulip Poplar's leaves turn from green to bright yellow for an unbelievable look.
Plus, a delightful fragrance of nectar that you'll enjoy all spring emerges. This nectar even attracts birds - including Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Cardinals and Finches - for a graceful wildlife show you'll love.
Even better, the Tulip Poplar is highly resistant to disease and insects, making it a healthful pick that provides a lifetime of enjoyment. And since it's easy to grow, it thrives in almost all areas! It's highly adaptable to a variety of soils, even wet soil.
Best of all, the Tulip Poplar usually grows into a majestic cone shape in open areas, making it an attractive front yard tree that will increase your home's value. From climate to climate and no matter the temperature extremes, the Tulip Poplar wows.
Plant your Tulip Poplar Tree and start looking forward to the change of seasons - instant beauty is just a click away!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Love the trees they were in excellent condition. I am looking forward to how it will look in the spring.
Not yet ready
I received 2 planted immediately 1 looks great with new leaves but the other concerns me. All leaves fell off and I have not noticed any new growth yet. BUT it is early and we have had a LOT of rain so I am hopeful
Tree arrived in excellent shape. Seems to be thriving well after 3 weeks. We are entering the fall and colder weather here in Pahrump NV so we have to wait and see until spring.
Came pencil thin with leaves that fell off within 3 days. See what spring does
See shay happens. It showed up about 5' tall but pencil thin and within 3 days of planting it has no leaves left on it. Just a stick. Hopefully it grows in the spring.
Looking forward to Spring!
My Tulip Poplar arrived in good condition. Planted it and will hope for the best. Only time will tell. I've looked at these trees for awhile and am very excited about it.
Planting & Care
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 known 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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|