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Liriodendron tulipifera

Seneca Name


Common Name

"Yellow-poplar," "Tulip-poplar"


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GPS Coordinates

N 42°58.001' W077°25.282'

The tulip tree is one of the tallest eastern hardwood tree species (80-120') that has a long straight trunk and narrow crown that spreads with age. The leaves are a unique "tulip-like" shape and are 5-8" long and wide. The leaves are bright green and turn yellow in the Fall. The bark is dark gray becoming thick and furrowed with age. The Springtime tulip-like flowers are 1.5-2" long and wide, cup-shaped, and have 6 rounded green petals that are orange at the base. The following fruit is light brown and a conelike structure that is composed of many nutlets (seeds). This tree has been used for lumber and in ancient, virgin forests this tree would reach 200'.

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