Also called yellow poplar, the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), is honey-bee heaven. The lovely pollen-rich blooms come on around May-June and resemble magnolias, of which is in related. The green-white petals look like they have flames painted on them. The trees are hardy, very fast growing and make a nice quality hard wood. The trees are pioneer species and often show up on disturbed sites and create a young forest. They handle wet sites better than most. The large leaves make great shade and are ornamental and unusual. Low-maintenance tree grows tall and strong. Just lovely, should be more widely planted. Reforest with this tree!
Uses: Excellent shade tree, bee-tree (pollen), reforestation, landscaping, timber, firewood.
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