Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Fastigiatum’
columnar tulip tree
Tulip tree is the queen of the eastern North American woodland and the tallest-growing deciduous tree in North America. Growing rapidly when young, it attains heights of over 150 feet in the wild. Its leaves are distinctive-shaped somewhat like a tulip in outline. In June this majestic tree produces lime-green, tulip-shaped flowers marked with a tangerine chevron at the base. The flowers are large, but sometimes hard to see, as they are nestled among the green leaves. The selection 'Fastigiatum' is more upright than the species and makes a stately vertical accent in the garden. It is sometimes sold under the cultivar name 'Arnold'.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: red, orange, gold
Great Color Partners: dark green, blue
Culture NotesTulip trees prefer a location in full sun to light or open shade. They will grow well in moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites and clay. They also tolerate areas that have standing water periodically in the winter. Once established they are drought tolerant. Little pruning is needed to maintain the form. Remove dead and broken branched or poorly formed limbs. Provide ample space for these fast growing trees.
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Plant Type: pyramidal tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: green
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established