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The Tuliptree can be expected to grow
in the zones listed. More information can be found on the arborday.org
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The Tuliptree falls into the following type(s): Shade & Ornamental
The Tuliptree grows to be undetermined feet in height.
The Tuliptree has a spread of about 40' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a Fast growth rate.
The Tuliptree does well in Full exposure(s).
The Tuliptree grows in Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained soils.
The Tuliptree has a(n) Oval shape.
The Tuliptree is the state tree of Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee because of its majestic beauty. It is a fast-growing shade tree that displays colorful yellow flowers in the early summer, replaced by equally colorful seeds held upright in the tree throughout the summer and into autumn.
Tuliptrees provide food in many forms for many animals. In fall and winter, young trees are browsed by whitetail deer and rabbits. The spring flowers provide nectar for ruby-throated hummingbirds. Tuliptree seeds, maturing in summer and persisting into winter, provide food for both birds and mammals, including finches, cardinals, quail, mice, red squirrels, gray squirrels, and rabbits.
Once plentiful in their natural habitat in eastern America, Tuliptrees, with their tall, straight trunks, lack of lower branches, and hard wood, were favorites of loggers for railroad ties and fence posts. George Washington planted Tuliptrees at Mount Vernon which are now 140 feet tall and Daniel Boone favored the wood of this tree for his 60-foot dugout canoe.
It has normal moisture requirements, and can withstand some drought in humid regions only.
The leaves alternate, 3 to 6 inches long with distinctive lobes, a flat base, and two ear-like tips. Leaves are light green in summer and bright yellow in autumn.
Flowers are tulip-shaped, 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter with 6 greenish-yellow petals, each with orange at the base.
May to June.
The fruit is a cone-like aggregate of long, narrow, winged seeds. They are held upward on the tree and remain long after the leaves have fallen.
One can argue about whether the "tulips" are the outline of its leaves or its cup-shaped flowers. But both undoubtedly contributed to the fanciful name given to this tree by early settlers. And the tuliptree is still beloved for its beauty today, serving as the state tree of Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. It is the tallest of the eastern hardwoods—and a rapid grower when conditions are right.
If you’re looking for a stunning tree that grows quickly and doesn’t suffer from many pest problems, your search is over.
Each tree and plant is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it within one year of shipment.
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.
Potted (also called containerized) trees are shipped in 4" containers. Because the roots are packed in soil, the trees don't
need to be dormant for shipping. Benefits to potted trees include:
Natural root (also called bare root) trees are shipped without soil around their roots. They are shipped when dormant in the spring and fall seasons. We dip the roots in a hydrating gel to keep them moist during shipping. Some advantages of natural root trees:
The Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University has an interesting article about the benefits of planting natural root trees. Look for the PDF entitled Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method
Plugged trees are grown in a soil plug. While not shipped in a pot, these trees do have soil around the roots. Benefits of this type of tree include:
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