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The tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, is also called tulip magnolia, tulip poplar, and yellow poplar.  Native to the eastern United States and found throughout all of Ohio, the tulip tree is named for the appearance of its showy flowers and the silhouette of its large leaves, both of which resemble tulips. It is also known as tulip poplar and yellow poplar, in reference to the fluttering of its leaves like those of the poplars, and for the yellow colors of both its flowers and fall foliage.

The tulip tree is actually a deciduous tree from the magnolia family. The tulip tree is the tallest tree of eastern forests with the straightest trunks, achieving heights of 70 to 90 feet.  When planting in the spring or fall, make sure the tree will have ample space in the chosen area since it will become very tall and can branch out up to 40 feet.

When faced with drought conditions usually in August and September, the tulip tree will start to lose its leaves. The tree tolerates drought poorly, so make sure it has access to water or give it supplemental irrigation in summer and early fall.

The tulip tree is one of the most attractive eastern hardwoods with the spectacular color display of brilliant golden to yellow foliage in the fall.  City Arborist Terry Willenbrink reports that he has planted the tulip tree throughout the city and parks over the years.  A beautiful specimen of this tulip tree is found in Montgomery Park, just up the path from the parking lot to the right of the trail. It was planted there about twenty years ago.

Interested residents may download a voucher below.  Present the voucher at Natorp’s Outlet Store, 8601 Snider Road, for discounted pricing on the selected “Terry’s Favorite Tree” variety. Delivery will also be available.

Click here for Natorp’s voucher for discounted pricing on selected “Terry’s Favorite Tree” varieties

For more questions about trees, contact City Arborist Terry Willenbrink at 513-792-8320 or twillenbrink@montgomeryohio.org.