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Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulip Magnolia - Liriodendron tulipifera


Family: Magnoliaceae - Magnolia family Genus Common Name: Tuliptree Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Tree
Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulip Magnolia. Tulip Poplar is not a poplar, which includes the cottonwoods, true poplars, and willows, but rather a member of the magnolia family. The 'tulip' name comes not only from the blossom, but also from the leaves, both of which are tulip-shaped. The leaves are an attractive yellow in the fall. It is a tall, fast-growing tree, reaching heights of 80 - 120 feet. It grows thoughout most of the eastern and southeastern United States except for Maine and New Hampshire.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

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Distribution of Liriodendron tulipifera in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 19 Aug 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-May-13Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D40
Not only is the Tulip Poplar tree attractive for its other attributes, it has a beautiful late spring blossom. Here a wind-blown branch lies in Pocket Creek.
Liriodendron tulipifera

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Last year's Tulip Poplar blossom lies among this year's Carolina Spring Beauties.
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