Tuliptree (Yellow Poplar)
Genus and species: Liriodendron tulipifera
Leaves: The leaves are 3-6" (7.5-15cm) long and wide. (View Measured Leaf) The leaves are shaped like a tulip, as the name suggests. They have a rounded base and 4-6 pointed, paired lobes on the edge. They have long stalks and are hairless. They are shiny green on top, paler beneath.(View Leaves)
Bark: The bark is dark gray in color and is usually deeply furrowed.(View Bark) The twigs are brown and hairless.
Fruit: The fruit is a cone-like object, light brown in color and about 2.5-3" (6-7.5cm) long. It is made up of many overlapping nutlets that contain 1-2 seeds.(View Fruit)
Tree: The tree can grow to be 80-120' (24-36m) tall, has an long, straight trunk and a rounded, narrow crown, as pictured to the left.
Range and Habitat: These trees are commonly found from Ontario east to Vermont, south to Florida, west to Louisiana and north to Michigan. They are usually found in moist soils that are well-drained.
Tuliptree (Greenwich, NY, 10/18/02)