Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 35-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Variegated Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

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Variegated Tulip Poplar is a large, majestic, native shade Tree made even more magnificent with the addition of creamy yellow margins to its leaves. The variegated foliage hangs from the branches on long leaf stalks, which allow the tulip-shaped leaves to flutter and twirl in the breeze. The flowers are tulip-shaped, too, and festoon the leafy boughs in early Summer. They're colored a cool lemongrass-green and are emblazoned with soft orange flames. This is a fast growing Tree with a tall, proud, upright posture. A grander Tree for grand properties could not be had. 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 35-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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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. Pioneers used them to make hollowed-out canoes and lumber. Bees love the flowers, and make a delicious honey from them, and the beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves. This variegated selection has been around for a long time. It adds a fun twist to a classic!

The Details

When nights get frosty, Variegated Tulip Poplar transforms itself. The yellow margins spread to cover the whole leaf, and the canopy becomes a glowing pyramid of radiant gold. It will light up the neighborhood!

How to Grow

Variegated Tulip Poplar will become a large Tree, so give it plenty of elbow room. It likes a location in all-day sun and appreciates regular water. Mulch well and use the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to ensure proper moisture levels during that 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 70' Tall
Avg Mature Width 40' Wide
Spacing 35-40'
Growth Rate Very Fast
Leaf Color Yellow/Green (Variegated)
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 No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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