Monday, April 26, 2010

Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera: Liriodendron, from the Greek leirion meaning lily and dendron meaning tree; tulipifera, meaning 'tulip-bearing'.

Not to be confused with Magnolia x soulangeana, which is also sometimes referred to as Tulip Tree.

Coarse-textured tree with a pyramidal, excurrent growth habit.

Simple 4-lobed leaves 5-6" long with a notched truncate tip.

Greenish-yellow and orange tulip-shaped flowers in May and June. However, trees often don't bloom until 10-15 years old when the blossoms themselves are typically high in the tree's canopy.

Good yellow fall color.

Bark is smooth and dark green, becoming gray-brown and furrowed with age.


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