Growing Tulip Poplar Trees In Your Yards
Homeowners love growing tulip poplar trees because these American natives shoot up fast, bringing shade and beauty into backyards. The tulip poplar trees are not related to tulip flowers but is actually a member of the Magnolia family. The plant isn’t suitable for every landscape, as it can exceed 120 feet in height, but it is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 9. Considerations on where to plant tulip trees should also take into account the rapid growth and brittle branches of this native tree. The tree grows very rapidly, reaching a height of about 15 to 20 feet within a short period of 6 to 8 years. You can plant this tree in spring, either by using the seeds or any vegetative part. However, flowering occurs earlier in grafted plants than those grown from seeds. A wet, but well-drained, and slightly acidic soil is ideal for growing this tree, though it can also tolerate slightly alkaline and salty soils. It prefers temperate climates, and places partly exposed to sunlight. Moderate watering is enough to ensure the healthy growth of these trees.
Regular pruning is important to maintain its shape, which tends to become irregular at maturity. Pruning helps maintain the regular oval or conical shape of the tree. The tulip poplar trees are usually resistant to a large number of diseases and insects. However, you may occasionally encounter some common tulip tree diseases, like cankers, leaf spot, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, and sooty mold. The tree may also attract some undesirable insects like aphids, bees, and wasps. In spite of its susceptibility to all these diseases and pests, the tulip poplar tree can be a great addition to a yard due to its majestic look.