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.