Tulip Poplar Facts


The Tulip Poplar tree, or also known as tuliptree or Liriodendron tulipifera, can reach 80 to 100 feet tall. It is a straight trunk tree, with thick bark and a massive trunk. It is a moderate to fast growing member of the Magnoliaceae family.

Tulip poplar trees smell faintly of tulips. image by "peupliers / poplars" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: OliBac (Olivier) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.


This tree has a pleasant tulip-like fragrance from its greenish-yellow flowers that will show in mid spring. This shade tree will have gold and yellow tones as its fall color appeal.


Tulip poplars require full sun and a partially wet, well drained, acidic soil. Soil types should be clay, sand or loam. It is resistant to breakage and needs little pruning.


The tulip tree is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9a.


Tulip poplar can potentially get cankers, leaf spots, powdery mildew, sooty mold, and verticillium wilt. Yellowing of the leaves is caused by the hot dryness of the weather, and is not indicative of disease.

Fun Fact

The largest found tulip trees are in North Carolina's Joyce Kilmer Forest. Some of them reach 150 feet in height and 7 feet in trunk diameter.


  • Forest Service Dept of Agriculture
Keywords: tulip poplar, tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera

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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.