Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Common Name: tulip tree, yellow poplar
Family Name: Magnoliaceae
Origin: U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: > 30m x 15 - 25m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Coarse
Landscape Uses: Specimen plant
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Alternate, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Orbicular, Ovate, Entire, Pinnately lobed
Flowers: Flowers solitary, Yellow, Green, May-Jun
Fruit: Aggregate fruit, Samara, Brown, Sep-Oct, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, squarish with a pair of lobes on each margin; most blades 8-15cm long x 12-17cm wide; petioles 5-12cm long; stipules paired, light green, elliptic to oblanceolate, 20-45mm long; flowers with pale-green petals, terminal, cup-shaped, solitary, numerous stamens and pistils, late May-mid-June; fruit a cone-like aggregate of spirally arranged yellow-brown samaras, 3-5cm long x 5-9mm wide. Winter ID: buds valvate, clam-shaped, terminal buds like a duck bill.