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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 yellow poplar tree, which is actually a member of the Magnolia family, 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.