Tulip Poplar

All About the Tulip Poplar:

Scientific Nomenclature: Liriodendron tulipifera

Common Names: tulip poplar, yellow-poplar, tulip tree, canoewood, whitewood

Mature Height: 70–100 feet

Mature Spread: 35–50 feet 

Growth Rate: Fast

Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators, birds and mammals

Messiness: Cone-like samaras mature and drop from the tree in autumn. Tulip-like yellow flowers bloom in the spring and petals drop shortly after appearing. Leaves drop in autumn.

Shape: Oval/Round

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic (<6.0pH) loam soils. This tree has very low tolerance to compacted soils.

Screening: Is not typically used a screening or privacy tree.

Drought Tolerance: Is intolerant of drought or heat.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Does not require any pruning other than removing deadwood or broken limbs.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one tulip poplar will:

  • Sequester ~1,292 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 421 gallons.