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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.
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.
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.