Planting Deciduoud Trees: Tuliptrees

Tuliptrees For Sale“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

The Liriodendron tulipifera, commonly referred to as a tuliptree, is a large deciduous tree, native to the Eastern part of the United States. With massive trunks, the tuliptree can easily grow to be 70 feet to 90 feet tall, although the largest tuliptrees mature to 150 feet or more.

During the summer months, tuliptrees are in full bloom and bright green in color. Between late May and mid-June, the tulip flowers bloom on the tree. The leaves are 5 to 8 inches long and wide, shaped like a tulip. Unfortunately, the yellow-green petals of the flowers tend to be closer to the top of the tree, making it difficult to observe.

Like all deciduous trees, once autumn arrives, the tuliptree’s leaves change colors. The color of the trees leaves range from a golden yellow to clear yellow.

The Liriodendron tulipifera must have plenty of space to grow, as it is very large. Although it is a great lawn and shade tree, if you are thinking about planting a tuliptree, keep in mind the amount of room it needs. Tuliptrees do not tolerate heat well, and need ample amounts of water.

If you are interested in planting tuliptree seedlings or transplanting a bare root tuliptree, contact Cold Stream Farm for more information.


(Source: University of Connecticut Plant Database)