LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERIA – Tulip Tree
The Tulip Tree is a deciduous, spring flowering, shade tree that is native to Eastern North American
[Elementary School students]
Did you know?
What medical uses are associated with this tree?
* The tree is used to treat fevers and indigestion. You can make tea from its inner bark. (https://solarbeez.com/category/tulip-tree/)
What is the tallest hardwood tree in Eastern North America?
* This is the tallest hardwood tree in Eastern North America. (http://www.oplin.org/tree/fact%20pages/tulip_tree/tulip_tree.html)
What U,S. President planted these trees?
* George Washington planted tulip trees at Mount Vernon which are now 140' tall.
Who used these trees to make their boats?
* Daniel Boone used the wood of this tree for his 60' dugout canoe. The tree is often referred to as the “dugout tree”.
The tree is a food source for what insects and animals?
* Bees make honey from the blossoms, and various wildlife eat the fruit and twigs. (http://www.oplin.org/tree/fact%20pages/tulip_tree/tulip_tree.html)
[Middle School students]
Habitat (where it likes to live)
* Well drained soils in full sun and also in wet soils
* Location: Eastern North America (Zone 4 to 9)
Requirements (what it needs to live)
* Water: Medium
* Maintenance: Low
Identification (what it looks like)
* A tall (up to 90’) growing shade tree
* The flowers are showy in the spring
* The tree has good fall color
[High School students]
Habit (how it grows)
* Height: 60 to 90 feet
* Spread: 30 to 50 feet
* Bloom Time: May to June
* Bloom Description: Yellow with orange band at the base of the leaf
* Sun: Full sun
* Tolerate: Wet Soil, Air Pollution
Suggested Use (where to plant it in the garden and landscape)
* Street Tree – To provide shade for sidewalks and along the road
* Residences – Good shade tree for homes and yards
* Parks – Seth Hand Park
- Missouri Botanic Garden – http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a878
- NC State Extension - https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/liriodendron-tulipifera/
- Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liriodendron_tulipifera
- Solarbeez - (https://solarbeez.com/category/tulip-tree/)
- Opin.org - (http://www.oplin.org/tree/fact%20pages/tulip_tree/tulip_tree.html)
- Arbor Day - (https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=930)