University of Maryland Extension

Featured Plants - Tulip Poplar

Tulip poplar (Liriodenddron tulipifera) is not a tree to plant under a power line. Up to 200 foot specimens of this magnificent native have been recorded, with an average height of about 100 feet and spread of about fifty.  However, for a rapidly-growing tree that provides abundant not-too-dense shade and tolerates most conditions, this is a good choice.  Each late spring flower is yellow, orange, and green--truly the shape and size of tulips. Fall foliage is golden yellow. An important tree for wildlife, it is somewhat weak-wooded and tends to harbor aphids which secrete honeydew, so don’t plant it over your parking space. 
February 2013

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