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Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera L.

 

Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderMagnolialesIncludes the custard apple family, magnolia family, nutmeg family, and others
FamilyMagnoliaceaeMagnolia family
GenusLiriodendron
Speciestulipifera

About plant names...

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 (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

Liriodendron tulipifera flower. By 3268zauber.

Online References:

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 (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

3/2/2011 · Susan and Raimond’s, Phoenix, AZ
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

7/2/2010 · Indigo Landing, Alexandria, VA
≈ 28 × 19" (72 × 48 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

9/1/2013 · Trail Near James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 10 × 8" (26 × 21 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

7/2/2010 · Indigo Landing, Alexandria, VA
≈ 22 × 15" (57 × 38 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

9/1/2013 · Trail Near James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

10/3/2010 · Tarkill Interpretive Trail, Rte 402, Poconos, Peck’s Pond, PA
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

9/1/2013 · Trail Near James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 31 × 47" (79 × 119 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

9/1/2013 · Trail Near James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 21 × 31" (53 × 79 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

10/4/2010 · Susan and Raimond’s, Phoenix, MD
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Range: Zones 5-9:

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