Attracting Birds with Tulip-Poplar - Liriodendron tulipifera

NATIVE TO USA

STATE DISTRIBUTION (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

A medium to large sized deciduous tree, ranging from 70 to 100 feet tall, with a 30 to 60 foot spread. The tree gets its name from its tulip-shaped leaves which play host to and attract many insects, which in turn attracts insectivorous birds. From May to June the Tulip-Poplar blooms bright, nectar-rich yellow flowers which attract hummingbirds and more insects. Birds like the Northern Cardinal eat the seeds that follow the flowers. Tulip-Poplar is one of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker’s favorites for creating sapwells because of its high sap content. Due to its size and broad leaves, the Tulip-Tree is also used by many birds for nesting. This is a great tree for attracting and or finding birds.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with Tulip-Tree

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker drilling sapwells into Tulip-Poplar

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker drilling sapwells into Tulip-Poplar