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Liriodendron tulipifera (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Liriodendron tulipifera (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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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.

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