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