What plant is that?

Tulip Tree Blossom Close-up  Tulip Tree in bloom
Photo credits: kbarton

This mystery plant is a tree which can grow to heights of 100 feet or more. The flowers have six large greenish-yellow petals streaked with orange at the base. The flower resembles a commonly planted garden bulb which blooms in the spring. They are high enough in the tree, however, to not easily be seen. The oddly-shaped leaves are squared off and often notched at the end. The fruit is green and cone-shaped and drops to the ground whole. This tree is not uncommon and grows in woodlands of various aspects, sometimes in bottomland, but can also be found at upland sites. Our mystery plant blooms in June.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Liriodendron tulipifera
Common Name:
  Tulip Tree or Yellow Poplar
Family:
  Magnoliaceae (Magnolia Family)
Habitat:
  Rich woods

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