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Liriodendron tulipifera

Native Plants

Tulip Tree

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A signature tree of local forests, tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), referred to as “king of the magnolia family”, grows rapidly in youth and produces straight, unbranched trunks that create 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, and distinctive cone-shaped fruits remain as small candelabras in winter. The 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 sour gum (Nyssa sylvatica), America holly (Ilex opaca), flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), and common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). Zones 4-9. 

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    green, yellow 
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    brown, tan