Liriodendron tulipifera--Tuliptree, Tulip Poplar

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Liriodendron tulipifera--Tuliptree, Tulip Poplar

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Tuliptree grows to 75 or more feet and prefers well drained, acid soil. The soft wood makes the tree subject to some storm damage. Tuliptree has a moderate growth rate at first but slows down with age. The scented, tulip-like, greenish-yellow flowers appear in mid-spring but are not so ornamental as those of other flowering trees. Plant tuliptree in spring and even then it will be difficult. Droughty conditions in summer cause premature defoliation, especially on recently transplanted trees. The fall color is yellow.

There are several cultivars: 'Aureo-maculatum'--leaves with yellow blotches, 'Aureo-marginatum'--leaves edged with yellow, 'Fastigiatum'--columnar growth, 'Pyramidale'-- narrow growth habit.

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