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Yellow Variegated Tuliptree

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

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Yellow Variegated Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum') at North Branch Nursery

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree

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Yellow Variegated Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum') at North Branch Nursery

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree foliage

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree foliage

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Height:  60 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Tulip Magnolia, Yellow Poplar, Whitewood

Description:

An enormous shade tree with yellow variegated uniquely shaped leaves and large yellow tulip-shaped flowers which are hard to see because of the height of the tree; needs lots of moisture and room to grow, not for small properties

Ornamental Features

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree has buttery yellow cup-shaped flowers with yellow eyes and orange centers held atop the branches from mid to late spring. It has attractive buttery yellow-variegated emerald green foliage throughout the season. The square leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Yellow Variegated Tuliptree will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features