March 16, 2008

Variegated Tuliptree Local Grower

Botanical name Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

Family Magnolia (Magnoliaceae)

Category Shade tree

Primary uses Specimen

Dimensions 60 or more feet tall by 30 to 50 feet across

Culture Full sun; prefers a moist, well-drained, deep soil. When young, trees can be pruned as needed to develop shape during the winter. Trees receiving adequate summer moisture generally have few insect or disease problems. Drought- stressed plants often lose leaves prematurely.

Bloom time Spring

Color Greenish yellow with an orange throat

General attributes Of several variegated forms of our native tuliptree (also known as tulip poplar and yellow poplar), 'Aureomarginatum' has the showiest foliage. Each of the wide, lobed leaves is broadly margined with yellow, often up to 75 percent of the leaf. The variegation is brightest in spring and will often green up by late summer in the heat of the Southeast. Tuliptree is extremely fast growing and will make a sizable specimen in short order. The showy, tulip-like flowers often go unnoticed because they appear above eye level.

More Information Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" or online at

- Mark Weathington

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