Q. Tulip trees and salt

Tulip tree on the road that is heavily salted is dying . Main road is salted every half hour than plowed on the tree . Local tree warden looks like salt poisoning .


Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree, Yellow-poplar is listed as salt sensitive.

Salt spray commonly causes bud death and twig dieback in deciduous plants. The symptoms initially include an abnormal foliage color, needle tipburn, and marginal leaf burn progressing toward the mid-vein of affected leaves (figure 2). Progressive symptoms may include a reduction in leaf, flower, and fruit size; premature fall coloration and defoliation; stunting; and a general decline in health.

Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree, Yellow-poplar is listed as salt sensitive 

Salt identification by the USDA:


More here: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/minimizing-de-icing-salt-injury-to-trees/

More:  https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/id/id-412-w.pdf

Hope this helps.

Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
  • Views 53
  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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