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Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Beautiful large garden tree with unique bluish-green leaves gives spectacular show of yellow fall color. In warm season, displays handsome tulip-shaped greenish-yellow and orange flowers. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationlir-i-o-DEN-dron too-li-PIF-er-a
LoreUses for the wood of this species caused it to be called "canoe tree" and "saddle tree" in pioneer times.
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 50 ft. or more tall and 30 ft. or more wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring
Design IdeasTulip Tree is the consummate street tree for the West, although it has long been used in the East. Offers great fall color and eastern Oak-like character with no need for chilling. Plant as a disease-free, nearly litter-free candidate for the front or backyard. Makes a great long-lived avenue tree or a majestic statement alongside an entry drive. Approved by most city planning departments for parks, parkways and median planting.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsGrow Tulip Tree with evergreen natives of similar resiliency and beauty. Ideal with the light-green foliage of Santa Cruz Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens 'Santa Cruz') or California Christmas Tree (Cedrus deodara). To provide a wider range of fall color, pair with FestivalTM Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua FestivalTM) or the rounder headed Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis). Looks pretty contrasted with the bronze foliage and springtime display of Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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