Liriodentron tulipifera can grow to over 100 feet! Next to Sycamore, Tuliptree is the tallest deciduous tree native to the eastern United States.

  • COMMON NAME: Tuliptree, Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar
  • LATIN NAME: Liriodendron tulipifera
  • FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
  • LOCATION: On the Dimple in front of Mary Lyon
There are at least five Liriodendron tulipifera on the Wheaton campus.
The yellow and orange flowers appear in May and inspired the name Tuliptree. The numerous spirally arranged stamens and carpels are characteristic of members of the Magnolia family.The multi-lobed leaf with a notch at the tip is uinque to Tuliptrees.
Liriodendron tulipifera foliage characterized by leaves with multiple lobes and a notched tip.The bark of Liriodendron tulipifera is characterized by a plethora of brown ridges and gray crevices. The soft wood is valued for making furniture.

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