Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)-
The tulip tree is a large, stately, deciduous tree grows 60-90' tall with a broad conical to pyramidal habit, with straight trunks that usually rise up like a column. The canopy starts up the trunk a lot higher than some shade trees. It’s named for its tulip-like flowers that bloom in spring; flowers are yellowish green with an orange band close to the base of each petal. Even though the flowers are 2” in size, they can go unnoticed on large trees (sometimes even on smaller trees) because the flowers open after the leaves are fully developed. Occasionally the flowers are noticed when the petals first begin to fall off the tree. The flowers are followed by cone-shaped brown fruits that are dry and scaly, each bearing numerous amounts of winged seeds. Characteristic are the interesting, bright green four tips with smooth leaf margins. The leaves are almost rectangular (4-6 lobes) and up to 6” long 8” across.