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Yellow-poplar or tulip poplar is the tallest hardwood tree in North America with one of the most perfect and straight trunks in the forest. The tree has a very unique leaf with four lobes separated by rounded notches. The showy flower is tulip-like (or lily-like) which supports...Read More

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September 4, 2006 at 10:31 pm
(1) Phorester says:

Yellow poplar was my favorite climbing tree as a boy. Closely spaced branches made for easy reaching to climb up very high in this tall straight tree. Smooth bark on the trunk and limbs made it comfortable to climb, with less scratches on your legs and arms.

September 8, 2008 at 6:02 am
(2) Jack says:

The tree that you speak of is Liriodendron tulipfera, and is not a poplar, it is in the Magnolia family. I think it is unwise to call it a Poplar as it only confuses people. Call it a tulip tree, it at least is not wrong.

September 9, 2008 at 9:30 am
(3) forestry says:

Actually, yellow poplar is the most common name used in tree literature written by botanists and foresters for Liriodendron tulipifera. I choose to use yellow poplar more often than tulip tree simply for that reason. You must remember that the plant is also not a tree that grows tulips.

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