Liriodendron tulipifera, commonly called a tulip tree which is named for its tulip like flowers; is a large deciduous tree that typically grows 60-90' (has been found to get 150’) tall with a broad conical habit. Trunks of mature trees can reach upwards of 4-6’ in diameter, with the canopy starting 10-15 above the ground. Distinctive four lobed brilliant green leaves (up to 8” across) emerge in the spring and turn golden in fall. Flowers are yellow with a band of orange on the base of each petal; flowers are 2” in length, it’s not uncommon that the flowers go unnoticed on large trees because their leaves are fully developed by the time they bloom. Flowers are followed by scaly, dry, cone-shaped brown fruits, each with numerous winged seeds.


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