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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

Tulip Poplar

Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Trail Location: 37

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Tulip Poplar - Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Spring 2019
Plant Type: Deciduous
Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia)
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
USDA Plant Id: LITU
Height: 40 - 150 ft.
Spread: 30 - 50 ft.


Flower: Showy
Bloom Information: White to yellow with a red to orange skirt blooms Spring to Early Summer. Flowers appear when the leaves have set making difficult to see unless above the tree or low branches..


Leaf Description: The leaves are very distinct and looks like a persons body with ridges looking like two legs and two arms.
Fall Leaf Color: Yellow and Orange

TENNESSEE STATE TREE

There are several fine specimans of Tulip Poplar in the arboretum.  Some going well over 150 years old.  Look for them with their distinctive leaves, bark and straight trunks reaching the sky.  The speciman we choose is over 80 feet tall and as you can see for a large tree has very little space requirements.  Step back to the hilliside to get a great view of theis magnificent tree.

The poplar tree is the tallest of the hardwoods in the Tennessee forest reaching heights of 100 - 150 ft.

The Tulip Poplar has been the state tree of Tennessee since 1947 as enacted by Public Chapter 204 of the Acts of the 75th General Assembly.  As the main lumber source used by the pioneers, it was selected because it grows from one end of the state to the other.