Fast growing! Also called yellow poplar, the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), is honey-bee heaven. The lovely pollen-rich bloom arrives around May- early June and resemble magnolias, to which they are related. The green-white petals look like they have flames painted on them. The trees are hardy, very fast growing and make a nice quality hard wood timber. The trees are pioneer species and often show up on disturbed sites and create a young forest. They handle wet sites better than most. The large unusual leaves make great shade and are ornamental and highly attractive. Low-maintenance tree grows tall and strong. Just lovely, should be more widely planted. They make a lovely, fast growing, and easy, low-maintenance yard tree. Reforest with this tree!
They have a fleshy root system that doesn’t extend far out from the plant, so well-worked soil is essential at planting. The tree tolerates drought poorly, so make sure it has access to water or give it supplemental irrigation in summer and early fall while it is establishing. The soil pH should be moderate to slightly acidic. Give lots of mulch.
Uses: Excellent shade tree, bee-tree (pollen and nectar), reforestation, landscaping, timber, firewood.