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December 28, 2010

A tulip tree is the first choice for fast shade and beautiful flowers

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Tulip trees are native to the eastern United States and for some reason I always thought of them as small, decorative trees. But a friend of mine came by and looked at my lack of shade and suggested the tulip tree as a solution. I discovered that they are a fast growing, large shade tree with lovely flowers in the spring.

The tree can grow to 60 feet high and loves sun or partial shade. The flowers are pale green or yellow and in the northern range, they flower in June. It is fast-growing, without the common problems of weak wood strength and short lifespan often seen in fast-growing species so it sounds like the right choice. I'll have to be careful to keep the soil around it moist and will mulch it well. I will have to wait until spring plant it and use one the well drained holes already dug.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 28, 2010 7:23 AM
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