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: 5 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010687,-78.453276

Visit Monticello's Online Shop to check for seeds or plants of Tulip Poplar.

Blooming Dates 2001: Apr 30 – May 282002: Apr 29 – May 312003: Apr 30 – Jun 42004: May 1 – May 252005: May 10 – Jun 172006: May 5 – Jun 12007: Apr 30 – Jun 72008: May 3 – Jun 172009: May 6 – Jun 112010: Apr 23 – Jun 92011: May 3 – Jun 152012: Apr 16 – May 242013: May 7 – Jun 6