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An individual instance of Liriodendron tulipifera (tuliptree)
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This large, straight-trunked tree is next to the stone wall in the northeast part of Magnolia Lawn.

Tuliptree gets its name from its unusual yellowish-orange flowers.  The distinctive leaves also have a shape that reminds some of tulips as well.  By late summer the flowers have turned into fruits, which are a collection of winged seeds attached to a central stalk.

Tuliptree is the state tree of Tennessee and is a very common tree throughout the state.  It sprouts up rapidly following disturbance, but can also grow to enormous sizes in undisturbed forests.  Large trees can be recognized even in the winter by their very straight trunks and the long, deep furrows in the bark.  This particular tree is an example of a large tree; you can observe a small tree with a better view of the leavesnearby.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-126.

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Liriodendron tulipifera


sec. 1993

common name: tuliptree
family: Magnoliaceae
Identified 2014-09-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


east side of Magnolia Lawn, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14361°, -86.79781°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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