Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Little Volunteer Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Little Volunteer'
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Reporting for duty in your landscape! Little Volunteer Tulip Poplar is a neat, trim, military-straight ornamental Tree that brings a crisp, tailored look to your yard. Attaining only a fraction of the size of the typical Tulip Poplar, it will never get out of line. The leaves are smaller too, and look proportional to the Tree's compact stature. Unlike many small Trees, Little Volunteer is a fast grower, and it will quickly make an impact. Use it to anchor a mixed border, give structure to a courtyard planting, or add interest to a tidy front lawn. 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

We can only imagine what they early settlers and the Native Americans thought when they first saw our country's enormous old-growth Tulip Poplars. Some of them 200 feet Tall (and with trunks 10 feet wide), they were the tallest deciduous Trees in North America. Tulip Poplars grow wild from Michigan to Vermont and south to Missouri and Florida. You can probably guess that Little Volunteer Tulip Poplar comes from the Volunteer State. Harald Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery in Belvidere, Tennessee, found this dynamo in his seedbeds in 2001. He introduced it to the world in 2008.

The Details

When nights get frosty, Little Volunteer Tulip Poplar transforms itself. The bright green leaves turn glowing gold, and the whole Tree blazes like a candle flame. It will light up the neighborhood!

How to Grow

Little Volunteer likes a location in all-day sun or partial shade and appreciates regular water. Mulch well and use the Bower & Branch Elements® Watering System to ensure proper moisture levels during the critical establishment period. This is a pretty carefree Tree, but one problem that may strike is aphids. In large numbers, aphids can spur an unsightly sooty mold to form on the leaves. Just make sure to plant the Tree away from the house, car, and patio. Don't use pesticides on the aphids, because bees and butterflies also rely on this Tree!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 30-35' Tall
Avg Mature Width 18-20' Wide
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Very Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Yellow/Orange
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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