Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Origin: Eastern US
Why is it called Tuliptree? It has leaves that are shaped like tulips.
Common Names: Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar and Yellow Poplar
Mature Height: 70-100 feet
Mature Width/Spread: 40 feet
Leaves: Bright green leaves that resemble tulips! Leaves are 3 to 7 inches long with four triangular lobes.
In the fall, the leaves become: Bright yellow
Flowers? Yes. In May and June, tulip-shaped flowers 1 ½ – 2” in diameter with 6 greenish-yellow petals that have a small amount of orange at the base
Can you identify a Tuliptree by its bark? Yes. The bark has channels and depressions that look like they contain silver-white chalk dust.
Historical tidbit: George Washington planted Tuliptrees at Mount Vernon which are now 140 feet tall
Did you know …
- Tuliptrees have also been called canoe trees because Native Americans used them to make canoes.
- Daniel Boone made a 60 foot-long canoe from a Tuliptree that he rowed down the Ohio River with his family.
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the greatest population of Tuliptrees greater than 20 feet in circumference.
- The Tuliptree is the state tree of Kentucky.
Photos courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Tree species information from http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/trees
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