Tree of the Day: Tulip Poplar



aka tuliptree, yellow poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera



This species is one of only two in the genus Liriodendron; the other one is from the other side of the world.  Its native range is from southern New England and Ontario to Florida and west to Louisiana.

Tulip poplar grows fast up to 170 feet tall, and can live up to 300 years.  The wood is valuable in construction.

If you’re familiar with magnolias from landscaping, you can see why this tree is in the magnolia family.  The flower is a few inches wide and hard to miss, unless hidden by leaves.  Speaking of magnolias, I found a very interesting one recently.  That will be the next post on this blog.


Winter Interest: Tuliptree


aka tulip poplar, yellow poplar, white poplar, whitewood; Liriodendron tulipifera; Magnoliaceae

Tuliptree blooms in late May; once the flower drops, these nifty seedheads remain, but are hidden from view until the leaves drop.


in flower, late May








ps – don’t confuse this with true poplars (genus Populus), which are in the willow family (Salicaceae)