Tulip Tree, Yellow Poplar
* Leaves 4-lobed, with a tulip-like
* Flower also tulip-shaped, orange at the base, with 6 greenish-yellow
petals. They appear only after leaves develop.
* Fruits winged, tan, clustered in upright cone- or corn-like spikes,
* Height: 50-150'.
* Flowers May - June.
* Fruits September - November.
* Habitat: Fertile, deciduous woodlands.
* Range: Eastern United States, southern Vermont and Massachusetts south.
* The tulip tree is one of the tallest eastern hardwoods. Its wood is
finely grained and resistant to splitting; and used for shingles, boats,
furniture, toys, and pulp. Native Americans made dugout canoes from
tulip tree trunks.
* Although called Yellow Poplar, the tulip tree is in the magnolia
family and not actually a poplar. It is one of the fewnative
New England species that produces a large, showy flower.
* The tulip tree at the right is found next to Munger Meadow.
Other Wellesley specimens grow in the Arboretum and beside Severance