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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology


Liriodendron tulipifera
Family: Magnoliaceae

Natural History

Flower and leaves of tuliptree | Photo credit: Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia,

Tuliptree is one of the largest of the eastern forest trees - often reaching 100 to 200 feet in height, four to six feet in diameter, and developing a long, clear bole topped by a broad, spreading, oblong crown.

Its root system is deep and widespread. The common name comes from the showy flowers that bear a superficial resemblance to tulips. In some parts of the country, this species is known as yellow-poplar or tulip poplar.

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