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99.Tuliptree, Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 to 9
Height:
70 to 90 ft. with a maximum of 150 ft.
Spread:
35 to 50 ft.
Habit:
Somewhat pyramidal in youth; maturing to oval-rounded
Light:
Full sun or partial shade
Soil:
Deep, moist, well-drained loam with slight acidity
Flowers:
Greenish-yellow and tulip-like May to early June
Fruit:
Cone-like aggregate of samaras, 2 to 3 inches long, ¾ inch wide, eventually turning brown in October and persisting through winter
Landscape use:
Not suitable for small or residential use, should be restricted to large areas, very large and magnificent tree when full grown, good for group plantings
History:
native range is Massachusetts to Wisconsin, south to Florida and Mississippi, cultivated in 1663
Pests\Problems:
Pests: aphids and scales; Problems: canker, leaf spot, powdery mildew, leaf yellowing, root and stem rot
Significant Features:
Great fall colors; can be spectacularly yellow; valued for flowers and foliage

 

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