G6800 Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees | Page 26 | University of Missouri Extension

Revised June 2008

Order copies
G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

  • Price: $0.75
  • Availability: 549

Download a free PDF of this publication (2908KB). PDF help

Printer-friendly version of this page

Guidelines to reprint or copy


Related publications

Use our feedback form for questions or comments about G6800.

Find publications

Search MU Extension publications.

ADA Accessibile AddThis Widget
MU Extension near you

Page: « First    ‹ Previous    Next ›    Last »

Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Large trees

Tulip tree
Tulip tree

  • Maximum height
    100 feet
  • Relative growth rate
  • Freedom from insect pests
  • Freedom from disease problems
  • Resistance to storm damage
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Very poor
  • Easy to transplant
  • Withstands city conditions

Tulip tree needs a deep, fertile soil to develop properly. It is often difficult to establish, but once established it will grow rapidly and develop into a large tree. It is much too large for the average-sized yard and should be planted only where it has ample growing space.

The light green tulip-shaped flowers are produced in May. After the fruit breaks open in the fall to release its seed, a tulip-shaped portion of the fruit remains on the tree to add interest during the winter. Tulip tree has few serious insect of disease problems. However, the leaves may turn yellow and drop during hot, dry periods of midsummer.

Page: « First    ‹ Previous    Next ›    Last »