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Tree of the Week - May 10, 2007

Mature Tulip Tree provides great shade!Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera -- Tuliptree 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 
Height: 60 ft
Spread: 30 ft
Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: more than 18 inches 
Flowers: Greenish-yellow 

Comments: Tuliptree prefers well-drained, acid soil. The soft wood makes the tree subject to some storm damage. The scented, tulip-like, greenish-yellow flowers appear in mid-spring. They are not so ornamental as those of other flowering trees, but the unique leaf shape gives this ornamental shade tree additional interest. Plant Tuliptree in the spring for best results. Droughty conditions in summer cause premature defoliation, especially on recently transplanted trees, so be sure to monitor the soil moisture after planting. The fall color is yellow. Does not perform well in sites with clay soils, as the soil is too alkaline. This can make it a poor choice for most locations in Genesee and Oakland county.

 
Lovely, scented Tuliptree flowers. The Tuliptree's leaf has a very unusual shape


 

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