Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The tuliptree, or sometimes tulip tree, also known as yellow poplar, or even canoe poplar, though it is not a poplar, is the state tree of Indiana. They are truly lovely trees, often growing to great height, sometimes more than 30 meters, and always with a symmetrical silhouette.
I have always believed, as many say, that the tree is called "tulip tree" because the leaves resemble the shape of a tulip blossom. Recently, though, I note that some writers are stating that
It is a beautiful tree, and the flowers are stunning, though they are usually above eye level, and thus go unnoticed by many people. I snapped these two pictures of the lowest-hanging flower on a nearby tree. The green petals with orange and yellow accents combine to make a perfect flower. But they must be enjoyed in the now, for they do not last long.
(This particular flower is about eight feet above the ground. I had to pull the branch down to get the interior shot.)