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Emerald City® Tuliptree

Liriodendron tulipifera 'JFS-Oz'

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Emerald City Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera 'JFS-Oz') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Emerald City® Tuliptree

Emerald City® Tuliptree

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Height:  55 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Tulip Magnolia, Yellow Poplar, Whitewood

Brand:  J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.


An upright, oval, and compact variety, featuring uniquely shaped leaves and large, yellow to greenish-yellow tulip-shaped flowers with orange centers; needs lots of moisture; straight and upright with deep green, slightly glossy foliage

Ornamental Features

Emerald City® Tuliptree has yellow cup-shaped flowers with chartreuse overtones and orange centers held atop the branches from mid to late spring. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The glossy square leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The furrowed gray bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Emerald City® Tuliptree is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a shapely oval 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

Emerald City® Tuliptree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Emerald City® Tuliptree will grow to be about 55 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. 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
Shade  Articulation 
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features
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