Tulip Poplar
Tulip Poplar Leaf

The Tulip Poplar is not actually part of the Poplar family, but is actually part of the Magnolia family.  It has a very unique simple leaf, shaped like a tulip, hence the name.  This is a great tree for a large space, they grow quickly and can grow upwards of 100′ with a 20′-40′ spread!  They have a magnificent straight and upward growing form and provide beautiful flowers in the late Spring.

The Tulip Poplar with it’s magnificent flowers will attract hummingbirds, birds, and squirrels.  It is also the host plant for the Tiger and Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies.

So if you’re looking for a large tree in an open space, this may be the tree for you!

Paul Filary, Illinois Certified Arborist, Kramer Tree Specialists

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