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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Tulip Tree

Yesterday, I showed you the overall shape of Liriodendron tulipifera. Today I'll show you more about it. I looked for some older pictures of the blossoms, but don't have any, so you'll have to wait and hope I get to that trail at the right time. They are really cool.

What I do have for you is last year's blossoms. Well, not really, but this is the seed case, which is pretty spectacular, too!

tulip tree seed pod

This tree likes sun and damp areas. It's usually found at the edges of woods, in wetlands. I think maybe this tree was planted because it is on a hill, and away from other trees.

tulip tree bud

At this time of year, the leaves were just beginning to unfold from the bud. It's like a secret... what will they look like?

tulip tree seed pod

Here is the bark on this mature tree. The wood was historically popular with furniture makers. It is light, smooth and soft. It was usually called yellow poplar, but it is not a poplar at all. It's actually related to the magnolia. It was used a lot for drawers and veneer.

It rained lightly all day. And, guess what? Flowers are blooming. Come back tomorrow and see the earliest blooms that have popped here.

See Shapes of Trees for the tulip silhouette


VanillaSeven said...

Looking forward to see them blooming!

RNSANE said...

We had a really beautiful sunny day here in the San Francisco area. I look forward to tomorrow's pictures from your part of the world!

Secondary Roads said...

Very interesting. Thanks for the continuing education.

rainfield61 said...

Haha.. Poplar sounds very familiar to me.

Ann said...

I really like the way that seed case looks. It looks like a little flower.

Ratty said...

I'm interested to see more of this tree. This reminds me of the white barked tree that I've been watching. I'm waiting for its leaves to come so I can write a complete post about the tree.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Vanilla- now I just hope that I'm even in the area when it's blooming. It may be when I'm off hiking.

Carmen- Sunny sounds pretty good right about now!

Chuck- glad you like it... I'm trying to make it interesting as well as just a "lesson"

rainfield- "poplar" gets used to describe many soft woods here

Ann- doesn't it!? I just love them.

Ratty- I don't think your tree can be this. The young bark is smooth and dark gray. Oh- I forgot to tell you. I've been to Island Lake several times, so our adventures have finally crossed paths!

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