Tuliptree (Yellow Poplar)

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tuliptree: Full Tree - Click for larger image

Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

  • 4-pointed, notched-tip, hairless; 7½-15 cm (3-6”) in length

  • 4 or 6 short-pointed, paired lobes

  • Straight, square-shaped base

  • Dark green, shiny from above, paler below; click here for below image

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Crabapple: Leaves - Click for larger image
Tuliptree: Flower - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

Photo by Dan Perlman

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Bark

  • Light to dark grey; thick and deeply furrowed

  • Whitened grooves on younger trees

Distribution & Uses

  • Prefers moist, well-drained soils such as valleys and slopes

  • Distributed throughout most of eastern United States and parts of Ontario

  • Wood resistant to splitting; used for furniture, shingles, boats, toys, and fuel

  • Trunks hollowed out by Native Americans for canoes

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Tuliptree: Bark - Click for larger image