Liriodendron tulipifera
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Liriodendron tulipifera

tulip magnolia
tulip poplar

  family magnoliaceae 
  genus liriodendron 

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Genus  Liriodendron Species  tulipifera Variety  Cultivar  Common names  tuliptree   tulip magnolia   tulip poplar   whitewood Family  MAGNOLIACEAE Specimen number  S11539 Data source  HtZn p136;HumGrdn p59;Frgnt p124
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 06-07 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Liriodendron tulipifera has a good supply of nectar that hummingbirds feed on. Tuliptree (also known as tulip magnolia, tulip poplar or whitewood) has an attractive autumn display of leaves. The flowers of this plant have a mild sweet perfume. This species can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  golden yellow fall foliage Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Liriodendron tulipifera is considered to have originated from United States.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Liriodendron tulipifera is a woody perennial. Flowers: Tuliptree (locally known in some parts as tulip magnolia, tulip poplar or whitewood) has tulip-like flower that has six petals shaped into a cup. May is the usual month for flowering. The blossoms are most often a green cream color, with an accent in orange.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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