Tulip Poplar

Arbor Walk #13, Treekeeper ID #1888

This native tree’s common name comes from its flower that is shaped like a tulip. In 1991, WU was given this tree as a seedling. It was grown from seed taken from the original Tulip trees plant by George Washington in 1785 at his Mount Vernon home. Also know as the Yellow Poplar, the most distinct features of this beautiful tree are its unique broad, tulip shaped leaves in addition to its flowers that bloom in the late spring. Although now it is mainly used for decorative purposes, this tree used to be commonly used in the lumber industry. In the late 1700’s, very large poplars of over 200 feet were found. No wonder George Washington chose it to become Mount Vernon’s official bicentennial tree!

More information on the Tulip Poplars in our Arboretum here!

Common NameTulip Poplar, Tulip Tree
Latin NameLiriodendron tulipifera
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