At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Magnoliaceae
Latin Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Golden yellow
Bloom: Yellow with orange band
Bloom Time: May to June
Shape: Pyramidal to broad conical
Bark: Gray and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 150 to 60 feet
Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Distinguished by its elegant tulip-shaped leaves and its furrowed gray bark, the Yellow Poplar reigns as one of the most common native trees of the United States. Officially termed Liriodendron Tulipifera and nicknamed “the Tulip Tree”, it is also celebrated as the state tree of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. The Yellow Poplar belongs to the Magnoliaceae family, characterized by how their stamens and pistils are arranged along a conical receptacle instead of rings; its structure is more akin to the Magnolia tree than to the regular Poplar species.

Cited as having a 4-9 zone hardiness rating, the Yellow Poplar thrives in the temperate and subtropical regions of the northern hemisphere. It craves water, moist well-drained soil, and plenty of sunlight. Although its average height ranges between 60-150 ft., Appalachian forests include Yellow Poplars that loom at nearly 180 ft. With a shape somewhere between pyramidal and conical, this tree has an average spread of 30-50 ft. Sources cite the Yellow Poplar as the Native American’s wood of choice for creating canoes since the 1500-1600s; in Jamestown, Virginia, the first settlers were said to be enamored with the tree, and it’s reputed that John Tradescant exported it to Europe in 1656, where it was soon after widely cultivated.

The Yellow Poplar is fast-growing, featuring fleshy roots and an aromatic bitter-tasting bark that darkens and furrows as it ages. Yet—unlike most fast-aging trees—the Yellow Poplar boasts a longer-than-average lifespan and its wood is uncharacteristically strong. Deciduous, its four-lobed green leaves turn a majestic gold in autumn; between May and June, the Yellow Poplar blooms with a beautiful array of red- and orange-streaked yellow-green flowers. Heralded for its strength and beauty, the Yellow Poplar has been celebrated for centuries; it remains, as Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “the Juno of our Groves”.

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