Liriodendron tulipifera L.
Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar
The American tulip tree is a North American native.
Identification: These trees can reach as much as 164' (50 m) in height in the wild, with tall, straight trunks. They are roughly conical in shape when young, becoming more ungainly or irregular in shape when older. Leaves are alternate, 5" (12 cm) × 8" (20 cm), with leaf stems 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) long. Their shape resembles a tulip, hence the name. Leaves are bright shades of yellow in the fall. Flowers are green, white, or rarely yellow, and also reminiscent of tulips. They have an orange band on the tepals. Fruits are roughly cone-shaped, green, becoming tan. They remain on the tree during the winter.
Liriodendron tulipifera on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Liriodendron tulipifera on the USDA Plants Database
Liriodendron tulipifera on Wikipedia
Liriodendron tulipifera at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Liriodendron tulipifera at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Liriodendron tulipifera at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Liriodendron tulipifera on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Liriodendron tulipifera at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site
Liriodendron tulipifera on Wikimedia Commons
Liriodendron tulipifera on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Liriodendron tulipifera description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 5-9: