Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree

May flowering tree host to caterpillars, butterflies and moths. Shade intolerant, fast growing and often used as a street or park tree. Native along the south-eastern border of Massachusetts.    

Description

Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree, Yellow Poplar

The tulip tree is one of the largest of the native trees of eastern North America. The trunk on large examples is typically 4–6 ft in diameter, though it can grow much broader. Its ordinary height is 80–150 ft and it tends to have a pyramidal crown. It prefers deep, rich, and rather moist soil; it is common throughout the Southern United States. Growth is fairly rapid.

The alternate leaves have four lobes and are heart-shaped or truncate or slightly wedge-shaped at base, entire, and the apex cut across at a shallow angle, making the upper part of the leaf look square.

May flowers are greenish yellow and at the terminal. They almost hide in the leaf cover and provide a surprising late spring or early summer tree bloom.