- tulip tree
a tall tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, of the magnolia family, native to the eastern U.S., having large, cup-shaped, green and orange flowers: the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Also called tulip poplar, yellow poplar.[1695-1705, Amer.]
* * *or tulip poplar or yellow poplarLofty North American ornamental and timber tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) of the magnolia family, not related to true poplars.It occurs in mixed hardwood stands in eastern North America. It is taller than all other eastern broad-leaved trees (up to 197 ft, or 60 m), and its trunk often has a diameter greater than 7 ft (2 m). Long-stemmed, bright-green leaves have two to four side lobes and blunted tips. Yellowish-green tuliplike flowers have six petals, orange at their bases, and three bright-green sepals. Other characteristics include conelike clusters of winged fruits; aromatic, purplish-brown twigs; stunning golden-yellow autumn leaves; winter buds resembling a duck's bill; and resistance to pests and diseases. The wood is used to manufacture furniture parts, plywood panels, paper, boxes, and crates.
* * *▪ treeNorth American ornamental and timber tree of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae), order Magnoliales, not related to the true poplars.The tulip tree occurs in mixed-hardwood stands in eastern North America. It is taller than all other eastern broad-leaved trees, and its trunk often has a diameter greater than 2 m (7 feet). The tulip tree can attain a height of 60 m (197 feet). Its long-stemmed, bright green leaves are bilaterally two- to four-lobed, with tips that are straight-edged or broadly notched. They turn golden yellow in the fall and have large appendages (stipules) at the base of the leafstalks; the stipule scars encircle the twigs. The large, yellowish green tuliplike flowers have six petals, orange at the base, and three bright green sepals. Other characteristics include conelike clusters of terminally winged fruits; aromatic, purplish brown twigs with winter buds resembling a duck's bill; and a straight trunk with an oblong crown. A tulip tree reaches its full stature in approximately 200 years.The light yellow to yellowish green wood is used in the manufacture of furniture parts, plywood panels, paper, millwork, boxes, and crates. The tulip tree is relatively free of pests and diseases. It is a useful large shade tree where space is available for it.
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