The tulip tree is in bloom now. (Liriodendron) Richard took this photo on the outcrop trail at Panola Mountain. There is a small sign posted there and this is what it says:
Though widely known a tulip poplar, it is more closely related to magnolias than true poplars. One of the tallest trees in the eastern forests, it can reach heights of over 100 feet.
Interesting thing, the tree can be very tall and straight as they are here. Planted in more open spaces, they can be more spreading.
You cannot mistake the flower! It's lovely.
Also, the leaf is very distinctive...let's go back to that sign, shall we?
The simple leaves are 4-6 inches long with 4 lobes and a deeply notched tip.
It's true that the top is notched but sometimes, the leaf at the top is almost flatish. I am happy to say that I am now able to recognize tulip tree saplings just by their leaves! This does not matter one iota in this world, I know, but it tickles me no end.
|Flower on the tulip tree!|
So many blooms in May! I took the photo above of the spiderwort on Arabia Mountain. Richard and I like to call it "tradescantia" which is the botanical name, named after an English botanist, Joseph Tradescant, the Younger. Why should I mention this in this post about the tulip tree? Apparently, this is one of the trees that he took back to England in the 1600's! Anybody in England recognize this tree? Let me know!