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Tulip Tree/Tulip Poplar

Plant Leaf

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Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Flower Description:

The tulip tree flower is 1.25-3.67″ in diameter and striking with three green outer septals and six inner petals which are yellow-green changing to orange at the base. The fruit is a cluster of samaras 1.5-3.5 inches long.

Season BloomSpring
HabitatWhile often called a Tulip Poplar, it is in fact not a member of the Poplar family. One of the tallest and most beautiful hardwoods. It has large showy flowers and leaves. It is a favorite nesting tree for birds and humming birds attend its blossoms. Larval host of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Tuliptree Silkmoth.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are four lobed and resemble the shape of a tulip blossom. They are waxy and smooth and turn bright gold in autumn.
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