Native Plants Series: Tulip Tree

Tulip Trees (Lirodendron tulipefera) are native to Eastern North America. They are a large, very fast-growing tree. They bloom in spring with yellow and orange flowers, which you will likely not be able to see until they fall to the ground!



Tulip trees grow best in rich, moist soils in full sun, but tolerate part shade and clay. They are also deer resistant. Their fall color is golden yellow, and they make a great shade tree for larger landscapes.


Like most fast-growing trees, their branches tend to be weaker and can break under high winds or heavy snow/ice. Keep in mind they also have a shallow root system, so planting shrubs, etc. under them may be difficult once established.


Here in SC PA, the Tulip tree supports 20 species of caterpillars, including those for the Spicebush Swallowtail and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies.


Sources: USDA, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Wildlife Federation

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