Tulip trees and salt impact

Tulip tree on the road that is heavily salted is dying .


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.

You can find more information from the following resources:

Salt injury management from the US Forestry Service

Purdue University Fact Sheet on Salt Injury to Landscape Plants


Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Aug 22, 2023
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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