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Liriodendron tulipifera

Common Names: Tulip Poplar, Tulip Tree, Yellow Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Liriodendron tulipifera

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Liriodendron
Species: Liriodendron tulipifera

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The tulip poplars grow between 70 to 120 feet tall. It has light gray bark with white grooves.

The leaves are alternate and simple, between 6 and 10 inches long, and have four-pointed lobes.

Habitat & Range

Tulip poplars are native to the eastern United States, reaching as far west as Louisiana. They grow most commonly in moist forests.

Life Cycle

This tree’s flowers bloom from May to June and resemble a tulip. They are orange, yellow, and green in color and large in size. The seeds are between 1 to 2 inches and winged. The seeds are clustered in a 3 inch cone.

Featured image by James Dake.


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