Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Liriodendron tulipifera (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Liriodendron tulipifera (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 2-12, 14-24, 26, 28-41
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip Tree
Magnoliaceae
Deciduous, Trees

Native to the Eastern United States. Fast growth to 60–80 ft., eventually spreading to 40 ft. wide; considerably larger in the wild. Straight, columnar trunk, with spreading, rising branches that form a tall, pyramidal crown. The 5–6-in. leaves are unique; variously described as lyre shaped, saddle shaped, or truncated, they’re like blunt-tipped maple leaves missing the end lobe—a bit like a tulip silhouette. Flowers look like small tulips. This tree delivers reliable yellow fall color in mild-winter climates.

You Might Also Like...

Lonicera sempervirens

Native to the eastern and southern United States. Can climb to 10–20 ft. tall but is shrubby if ...

Blackberry, ‘Boysen’ (‘Nectar’)

Trailing, thorny canes can grow 10 ft. in a season, but are commonly controlled by pruning and trellis...

Blackberry, ‘Logan’

Bred by Judge Logan, a Scot transplanted to California, in the late 1800’s. Probably a hybrid of...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement