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Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

Jefferson described the Tulip Poplar as "The Juno of our Groves" when he forwarded seeds to a Parisian friend, Madame de Tesse, in 1805. Two years later he noted planting a young tree west of the house at Monticello. Today this tree, along with a companion also on the west front, stands over 120 feet high.

The Tulip Poplar, also called Yellow Poplar or Tuliptree, is the tallest hardwood species of the eastern North American forest. It is both a majestic and graceful tree and is especially treasured in European parks and gardens, where it was first described in 1687. Its dramatic, golden yellow autumn color, its ornamental, orange and green, tulip-like flowers, and its unusual leaves and quick growth lend this species the mythological glory Thomas Jefferson justly admired.

More information on the Tulip Poplar in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia ».

Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
Yello, Orange, Green
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Apr 30 to 2001 May 282002 Apr 29 to 2002 May 312003 Apr 30 to 2003 Jun 42004 May 1 to 2004 May 252005 May 10 to 2005 Jun 172006 May 5 to 2006 Jun 12007 Apr 30 to 2007 Jun 72008 May 3 to 2008 Jun 172009 May 6 to 2009 Jun 112010 Apr 23 to 2010 Jun 92011 May 3 to 2011 Jun 152012 Apr 16 to 2012 May 242013 May 7 to 2013 Jun 62015 May 8
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