Family: Magnoliaceae, magnolia family
Genus, species: Liriodendron tulipifera
Leaves are tulip-shaped with a v-shaped notched tip and four paired lobes.
Bark is furrowed with narrow tight ridges.
Flowers are large, cup-shaped. Petals are pale green or yellow with an orange band at the base.
Fruit is cone-like, light brown, 1 to 2 inches long. Each fruit is composed of many nutlets.
Each nutlet contains 1 or 2 seeds
Common Uses and Interesting Facts:
The tulip poplar is the state tree of Indiana.
Liriodendron is from the Greek for "lily-tree," referring to the tree's showy flowers. The species, tulipifera, is from the Latin for "tulip-like." The family, Magnoliaceae, is named for Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), a French botanist.