Liriodendron Tulipifera – Tulip Tree

Description

Liriodendron tulipifera, commonly known as the Tulip Tree

Size: Tulip trees are among the largest hardwood trees in North America, capable of reaching heights of 70 to 90 feet or more in favorable conditions. They typically have a spread of 30 to 50 feet.

Leaves: The leaves are large, glossy, and uniquely shaped, resembling tulip flowers. They are typically four-lobed, with a flattened or slightly concave apex. In autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant yellow before falling.

Flowers: The tulip-shaped flowers emerge in late spring to early summer, typically after the tree has reached several years of age. The flowers are large, showy, and greenish-yellow with orange at the base. Although they are visually striking, the flowers are often hidden by the dense foliage and may go unnoticed.

Tulip trees are valued for their rapid growth, majestic stature, and attractive foliage and flowers, making them a popular choice for landscaping and reforestation projects.