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Liriodendron tulipifera

Native Plants

Tulip Tree

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A signature tree of local forests, this “king of the magnolia family” grows rapidly in youth producing straight, unbranched trunks creating cathedral-like columns. Tulip-shaped greenish-yellow flowers with bright orange interior markings appear in late May to early June, and give the species its common name. Fall foliage color is golden-yellow. The distinctive cone-shaped fruits remain as small candelabras in winter. Best growth occurs in moist well-drained loamy soil in full sun. Tulip tree is best used as a specimen or clustered in groups on large properties. It is a good companion and overstory component for other trees and shrubs including Nyssa sylvatica, Ilex opaca, Cornus florida, Kalmia latifolia, and Hamamelis virginiana.

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    average, dry, moist 
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    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan