Tulip Poplar

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Tulip Poplar is One of the Fastest Growing Flowering Shade Trees

Tulip Poplar Trees are the state tree for Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee. The multi-colored blooms come out in May & June. These tree flowers are known for producing a lot of nectar, attracting hummingbirds. The fall color is an amazing bright yellow.

Tulip Poplar trees are considered fast-growing and can thrive from grow zone 4 through 9. The trees are native to the United States and are very popular as shade trees.

Technically this is not a poplar but belongs to the magnolia family.

Botanical Name Liriodendron tulipifera
Grow Zones 4 to 9
Mature Height 70 – 90 feet
Mature Spread 30 – 50 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Orange and Yellow
Fall Color Yellow

Grow Zones 4 to 9

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9

Tulip Poplar Tree Frequently Asked Questions:

How big do Tulip Polar trees get?

At maturity they are 70 to 90 feet tall. Their canopy can spread out as much as 40 feet.

Are Tulip Poplar tree roots invasive?

No. But, like any large hardwood shade tree, it is best not to plant it too close to any structure, walkway or driveway. This allows the roots to absorb the moisture it needs.

How fast do Tulip Poplar trees grow?

Tulip Poplar trees grow up to 2 feet a year when they are younger. As they mature and get older, the growth rate slows down considerably.

Do Tulip Polar tree flowers make a mess?

The flowers do attract pollinators, such as butterflies and aphids. Aphids are known for secreting a sticky mess as they consume the pollen of the flowers.



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