The tulip tree is known as Liriodendron tulipifera scientifically and commonly as yellow poplar, tulip poplar and tulip magnolia. The tulip tree is a member of the magnolia family and is a very large tree, growing to 100 feet tall and 40 feet wide in the wild--slightly smaller in landscapes. Because of it size, this tree makes for a wonderful shade tree in the landscape. The leaves and flowers are tulip shaped and the flowers have a mild fragrance. This is not a high-maintenance tree.
Water the tree thoroughly to saturate roots after planting and keep the soil evenly moist for two months. Water for long periods afterward, once a week unless it's very dry or hot, at which time give the tree extra water.
Top dress with 1 inch of a 50/50 mixture of organic compost and well-rotted manure in the spring and late summer. Water well to leech it into the soil.
Apply an acidic fertilizer once a year in early spring. Follow manufacturer's directions on amount to apply. Apply a balanced fertilizer if the soil already is acidic.
Mulch the tree with shredded bark 3 inches thick. Replenish the mulch each spring.
Cut off dead and disease branches.