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Tulip poplar


Classification:

Family:  Magnoliaceae, magnolia family
Genus, species:  Liriodendron tulipifera

Leaves:
Leaves are tulip-shaped with a v-shaped notched tip and four paired lobes.

Bark:
Bark is furrowed with narrow tight ridges.

Flowers:
Flowers are large, cup-shaped. Petals are pale green or yellow with an orange band at the base.

Fruit:
Fruit is cone-like, light brown, 1 to 2 inches long. Each fruit is composed of many nutlets.

Seeds:
Each nutlet contains 1 or 2 seeds

Common Uses and Interesting Facts:
The tulip poplar is the state tree of Indiana.

More Information:

The genus name Liriodendron is from the Greek for "lily-tree," referring to the tree's showy flowers.  The species name tulipifera is from the Latin for "tulip-like."  

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