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Tulip tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Description:

The large leaves have an unusual shape that is almost square except for the wide notch at its apex. Tulip tree is very fast-growing. It has a tall straight trunk with gray bark that becomes striated and can develop deep fissures. It begins to flower in April.

Habitat:

Bottom land woods, slopes and bluffs throughout the eastern United States. I found this tree standing along the banks of Kelly Springs. It appears to have some kind of fungus or rot on it's leaves.

Notes:

Also known as the Yellow Poplar. The flowers are pale green or yellow and yield large quantities of nectar. The tulip tree is an important tree for honey production.

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Karen Hileman
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Karen Hileman

Sanford, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

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