Tulip Poplar – Liriodendron tulipifera
THIS PLANT CAN NOT SHIP TO THE FOLLOWING STATES CT
Tulip Poplar is a native of the Eastern part of the United States. It is the state tree of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is known for the beautiful sizeable tulip-like flowers that sit on the branches like a cup and saucer. It is a favorite of many landowners for the use of a shade tree. The brown bark is a contorted open and rough bark. The blooms appear between May and June that are tulip-shaped greenish-yellow flowers that fade to an orange color at the base. Even the leaves of the tulip poplar are interesting with a distinctive shape. They are 4-6 inches long with broad lobes, and an average of 4-tip ends with a solid center and a cut wide v-shape at the end of the leaf. The leaves are a lighter green that turns yellow in the fall. The tulip poplar is often called a tulip-tree, whitewood, yellow poplar or a fiddle-tree. The wood from the tree is a chosen wood to make fiddles or violins. Therefore the tree became known as the fiddle-tree. It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that is valuable because it is a hardwood. Since the tulip poplar grows rapidly and spreads quickly, it does not take long to get a shady spot in the yard. It is an excellent choice for providing shade, interesting leaf formation, beautiful spring tulip-like flowers and the fall yellow leaves.
The Tulip Poplar is often the subject of autumn-themed art for its astonishingly beautiful presentation of colors in the fall. Unlike most tall deciduous trees, this beauty presents with thousands of colorful blooms in the summer which lends to its reputation of holding year-round visual interest.
The Tulip Poplar thrives in virtually all conditions and is not bothered by disease or pests. It is an adaptable shade tree that makes the best of its environment. An excellent variety that will provide decades of food and shelter for wildlife.