Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
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Forest Types: Oak-Hickory, Beech-Maple, Appalachian Cove
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Typically mixed with other hardwoods; growing east of the Great Plains.
Stature: 80-100 feet high; to 6 feet in diameter; crown variable; branches large. The tallest hardwood native to North America, reaching heights of 200 feet.
Leaves: 4-6 inches long; with 4 broad lobes (the shape of the leaf looks like a tulip; hence the tree's common name); dark to pale green; smooth-edged; stems 5-6 inches long.
Bark: Gray; fairly smooth when young but soon becoming cut into X-shapes (or "diamond shapes," depending on your perspective) that have blunt ridges (as though someone has buffed the bark of a white ssh tree).
Fruit: 2-3 inches long; conelike; with spirally arranged scales that break away and litter the forest floor.
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Kuo, M. (2003, August). Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/liriodendron_tulipifera.html