Tulip poplar is the tallest of the eastern trees in North America and lives on the most fertile forest soils. Yellow poplar's unique leaf has few insect foragers and will turn a crisp yellow color in the fall. It also seems to be the most fragile of leaves and is often the first to drop after heavy rain or wind.
The tuliptree is often associated with beech-maple and bottomland forests. They are the tall symmetrical tree with the light golden yellow foliage surrounded by the reds, browns, and greens of other trees in the forest. Here is the
yellow poplar range in North America.