Common Name: tulip tree
Origin/Ecology: Native to eastern North America
Habit: Large, stately tree that grows 60-90′ tall with pyramidal to broad conical habit.
Leaves: Four-lobed bright green leaves (to 8″ across) turn golden yellow in fall.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are yellow with an orange band at the base of each petal, 2″ in length, often unnoticed on large trees because the flowers appear after the leaves are fully developed. Dry, scaly, oblong, cone-shaped brown fruits, each bearing numerous winged seeds.
Water Use, Soil: Best in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams.
Exposure: Full sun. Tolerates part shade.
Landscape Uses: Very large shade or lawn tree for large landscapes.
Limitations: Attracts aphids. Susceptible to verticillium wilt, mould, mildew, canker. Aphid infestations result in honeydew secretions on the leaves that allow for sooty mould. Weak and susceptible to wind damage. Shallow root system.