I have a Tulip poplar tree in my front yard that is approximately 6 to 7 inches in diameter. Every year it drops dead limbs and has a few that I prune out. Is the tree dying out? Do I need to water it? Also, should I use fertilizer on it?

It is not uncommon for Tulip Poplar trees to shed leaves and small branches (1 to 3 inches in diameter on mature trees) in the summer. Tulip Poplar trees will grow quickly with ample water and fertilizer. Fertilizing your tree is a great idea, especially if you want your young tree to grow quickly. Tulip Poplar is a fast growing species, so limit the nitrogen fertilization if you don't want it to grow too fast. Tulip Poplar has a few pests so if you would like some additional information, please contact us.

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