The tall and stately tulip tree is the state tree of Indiana. Also called tulip poplar or yellow popular, this statuesque tree stands out in parks and yards all around Indiana, and the rest of its native habitat in eastern North America.
Besides the size and shape of the tree itself, its tulip-shaped leaves and flowers are also distinctive. The flowers are easy to see because they are more pronounced than those of many other trees.
Tulip trees are often planted as ornamentals or specimen trees, in lawns and parks. And of course, they are especially popular on Indiana college campuses.
Tulip trees remind me of school days, when I was making a leaf collection in summer biology, and for 4-H forestry displays. It’s easy to remember and appreciate this tree.
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kimbesa, Indeed and the trees shade, height and beauty is well worth the simple sweep of my back deck, it needs to be done anyway, natures way of keeping me on my toes.
katiem2 They are stately trees, great as a single show stopper, which it sounds like you have. We don't run into problems with the clutter because ours are in a fence row. No one goes barefoot out back in the field. Thanks for stopping by and reading!
I have a tulip tree in my back yard, the leaves are huge and provide lots of shade, the flowers are gorgeous and the tree grows faster than any tree I've ever had. The only thing I don't like is the sharp things it drops in the fall... They are rough on bare feet. But other than that I love it! Great tribute to Tulip Poplar.
I go with tulip poplar because of the leaves, too!
I recently found out that we have at least three tulip trees in the hedgerow on one side of our field, so I can enjoy these trees much more often.
kimbesa, Do you prefer tulip poplar or yellow poplar as the common name? I like the former because I love the leaves!
In the mild areas of BC, I think this tree might grow if you could get some from Ontario.
Glad to have helped you identify this beautiful tree!
Love 'em! I wish these grew where I live. The flowers look beautiful.
Hi kimbesa, this is really interesting. I've seen these trees, but never knew what they were.
Thanks! I've been finding them in a lot of public places around here. Maybe one for our yard eventually.