Tulip Poplar Trees are Fast Growing Shade Trees
One of the most beautiful trees you can plant on your property as a home gardener is the tulip poplar tree. It is a fast growing tree that can thrive in a variety of hardy zones, specifically 5 through 9. Its official name is Liriodendron tulipifera, but it is also referred to as the yellow poplar and can grace you with its sheer beauty for many years to come.
The tree works best when planted in your front yard. Interestingly, it is a member of the Magnolia family and not a poplar in spite of its name. The tree is so popular that it is actually the state tree for three states in the United States. Its foliage is a bright green and the poplar can grow to reach mature heights of between 60 and 100 feet, which makes it a great tree to use for providing shade to other plants that need it. When it is fully grown, it will reach a spread ranging between 30 and 50 feet.
You must be diligent in selecting just the right spot for planting your tulip poplar tree. Prior to planting, you should prepare the soil and ensure that it is well draining. At the same time, the tree requires a moist condition in the soil, although it is widely adaptable to just about all types. The spot in which you plant your poplar should have plenty of access to full sunlight as it will allow the tree to thrive. Make sure to dig the hole where the root ball will be planted at least twice or three times as wide as the root ball. This will better allow the tree to embed its roots into the soil and retain the moisture in the ground. Keep the tree level to the ground so that only the root ball itself is actually underground. Tamp down the soil around the base of the tree and deeply water around it to moisten the soil.
By the time spring comes around, you will notice lovely yellow and orange blooms beginning to appear. These flowers have a wonderful fragrance and will continue to bloom throughout the summer. The blooms are tulip shaped and will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and a variety of birds. The bark tends to be a grayish in color. By the time the fall season approaches, you can expect your beautiful poplar's leaves to change to a brilliant yellow.