The tuliptree is site sensitive, favoring full sun, moist, well drained, and slightly acidic soils. It needs plenty of room to grow since it has a wide spreading root system. The leaf is very distinct with four lobes and the flower resembles magnolia flowers, hence the common name tulip magnolia. It is a fast grower and can grow up to 120 feet in its native range on the east coast of the United States. This tree can grow well in the valley but not many specimens are currently planted.