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Sometimes called tulip poplar, this is one of the fastest-growing, tallest, straightest, and most- symmetrical trees growing in Ohio. Its large, tulip-shaped flowers are the largest flowers of any native Ohio tree, and its leaves are also tulip-shaped, turning a beautiful golden yellow in fall. Flowers appear in late spring, persisting into summer, followed by seed-filled fruits shaped like a cone. Many people plant new young trees every few years because the most spectacular display is when the tree is smaller and its flowers are easiest to view.


Grows naturally in wooded areas. Its rapid growth makes it ideal for quickly creating a new woodland setting to serve as the canopy for shade-loving shrubs and woodland perennials. Some of the highest diversity occurs at the transition between two habitat types. Establishing a new woodland is a great way to fill in large open spaces and allow for diversity to quickly re-establish, particularly alongside a large meadow containing native flowering perennials and assorted small sun-loving bushes. Consider siting with other keystone woody plants. such as pin cherry, a uniquely beautiful tree with extensive benefits in helping to establish new wooded areas.


Due to its growth rate, size and long life, this tree is quickly able to begin sequestering carbon that can be locked away for hundreds of years.


Plant Characteristics:

Grows to 100+ feet tall by 40 feet wide and can live to 400+ years old. Grows 2-3’ yearly.


Does best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.


Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Tolerates dryer soil once established.


Wildlife Value:

Tuliptrees provide food in many forms for many animals. Serves as a host plant to 21 species of Lepidoptera larvae, including the eastern tiger swallowtail, tuliptree beauty, and tuliptree silk moths (pictured here in that order), plus many of our largest, showiest moths: promethea, Io, cecropia, polyphemus, and luna moths. Seeds mature in summer and persist into winter, providing food for finches, cardinals, quail and other birds, mice, rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals. Flowers are especially enjoyed by hummingbirds. A favorite nesting tree for birds.


Medicinal, Edible and Other Uses:

The inner bark from the roots can be used as a tonic and a stimulant. The leaves are used as a topical application for fever, bruises and other simple swellings.


Tuliptree is considered a domestic hardwood lumber with light green/yellow, and sometimes purple and pinkish highlights. It’s used to make furniture, cabinets, doors and millwork.

Tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera

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