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Tulip Tree

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Tulip tree

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Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Under Power Lines:

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 8 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

This fast-growing deciduous tree has distinctively shaped shaped leaves and subtle but lovely, pale yellow flowers in late spring to early summer. It tends to grow tall and loves full sun. The foliage often turns golden to orange in fall.

Mature Height:
60 feet

Mature Spread:
30 feet

Deciduous tree with pale to medium green leaves with distinct “cat face” shape from early spring to late summer.   

Subtle, upright blossoms are pale yellow with orange inner markings and reminiscent of tulips. Tree blooms around May and June.

Inedible, cone-like seeds replace flowers in summer and fall, shed from tree in fall and winter.

Cultural Notes:
Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil and full to partial sun. Likes sun exposure but can be susceptible to leaf scorch without proper watering.

Potential Problems:
Leaf yellowing can occur in young trees without enough water. Leaf scorch can also be a problem when the tree gets too much sun exposure. Other common problems include aphid infestation and sooty mold fungus.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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