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 leaves