METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
DECIDUOUS / SEED BEARING / HARDWOOD
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

The tulip tree is one of the dominant forest trees in young forests in our area. The tulip-like flowers are a favorite
food of squirrels. In late spring and early summer I can often tell where a squirrel is in the canopy by the falling Tulip
Tree flower "petals", dropped by a flower eating squirrel.

The bark and branches of young tulip trees provide food for deer and rabbits. The seeds are eaten by squirrels
and many different kinds of birds.
Aphids on a Tulip Tre Leaf
American Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Tulip Tree
The seed cones remain on the tree through the winter. The winged seeds are carried by the wind, dispersing
them up to several hundred feet from the mother tree.
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
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Tulip Tree Flowers
A Tulip Tree in bloom. The large yellow flowers have splashes of
orange and red. The flowers are at the ends of the branches.
Tulip Tree flower
The seeds of the Tulip Tree are eaten by squirrels and a variety of birds,