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Tulip Poplar

Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Tulip Poplar Tulip Poplar (or Yellow Poplar) is the state tree of Tennessee and is found throughout the Arboretum, where it is a prominent member of the deciduous forest replacing shortleaf and Virginia pines. Tulip Poplar is recognized by its tall straight trunks, its tulip-shaped flowers, and its distinctive leaves.

Because the yellow-green, tulip-shaped, upright flowers are found high in the tree canopy, they are often difficult to see. Look for yellow to cream flower parts on the ground beneath the trees; then look up to see the flowers. Tulip Poplar belongs to the Magnolia Family - two other native members of this family are found in the Arboretum forests - Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata) and Umbrella Magnolia (M. tripetala). Look for these native species as you walk the Arboretum trails.

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