Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginatum’

variegated tulip tree

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Outstanding Qualities

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the queen of the eastern North American woodland and the tallest-growing deciduous tree in North America. 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. 'Aureomarginatum', tulip tree's variegated cultivar, is among the most elegant of variegated trees. The unusually shaped leaves emerge bright, creamy white with a splash of fresh green in the center. The color softens in summer to dark green and chartreuse.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 70 ft. 0 in. (21.34 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

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

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: red, orange, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue

Culture Notes
Tulip 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.