The Q&A Archives: Tulip Trees in Tampa?

Question: I would like to know whether a tulip tree is something worth trying to grow in Tampa, or would this be a waste of my time? The furthest south I've seen one is Gainesville (120 miles north of here). If so, any advice?

Answer: Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), the state tree of Tennessee, are grown in hardiness zones 4-9, so you might want to give them a try. They prefer moist, fertile, acid to neutral soils with good drainage. However, they will not tolerate locations with a seasonally high water table.

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