Tulip Poplar Trees are Fast-Growing Shade Trees
The most beautiful tree you can plant on your property as a home gardener is the tulip poplar. The Tulip tree is a fast-growing tree that can thrive in various 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 favorite despite its name. The tree is so famous that it is the state tree for three states in the United States. Its foliage is 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 fully grown, it will reach a spread between 30 and 50 feet.
You must be diligent in selecting just the right spot for planting your tulip poplar tree. When planting, you should prepare the soil and ensure it is well-draining. At the same time, the tree requires a moist condition in the ground, 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 the size. That will enable 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 underground.
When spring comes around, you will notice lovely yellow and orange blooms. These flowers have a pleasant fragrance and will continue to bloom throughout the summer. The blooms are tulip-shaped and attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and various birds. The bark tends to be grayish. By the time the fall season approaches, you can expect your beautiful poplar's leaves to change to a brilliant yellow.