Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera

This striking Carolinian species is only found in the most southern parts of Ontario, but is much more common in the southern United States.  This majestic species usually lives to be 150 years old but can live up to 300, and can grow up to 35 to 50 m tall! It is sometimes used in landscaping and makes a beautiful addition to any backyard, but it does require a lot of open space.  The Tulip-Tree gets its common and scientific names from the tulip-shaped yellow-green blooms that it produces every spring, as well as the lobed shape of the leaves. 

Tulip Tree
Tulip Trees have an upright form.

Tulip Tree Blooming
The blooms are spectacular!

Tulip Tree Flowers
These once surrounded the developing fruit.

Tulip Tree Leaves
The leaves are very distinctive - they are our only 4 lobed leaves.

Yellow Tulip Tree Leaves
Tulip Trees turn a bright yellow in the fall.

Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Tulip Trees. 1995-1999.
Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Tulip Trees. 1995-1999.

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