Plant Information

Plant Information


Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

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Tuliptree is a large, fast growing, and stately native tree named for its tulip-like flowers borne high up on the tree in late spring. Pyramidal in its youth, this tree matures to have an oval-rounded habit. Trees are remarkably straight and develop a compact crown of unique dovetailed leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall. Reminiscent of the tulip flower, the lovely greenish-yellow blooms appear in May and early June and last for an extended period. Fruits turn brown in October and persist through the winter. This tree has handsome yellow leaves in the fall. Tuliptree should be planted in a moist, rich, slightly acid soil in full sun, and should be used only in large, open spaces. 

Illinois native species.

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Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years