Tulip Poplar

Indiana State Tree

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Tulip poplar bloom

Tulip poplar bloom from underneath; photo by mwms1916 on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Tulip Poplar

The tulip poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera) was designated as the official state tree of Indiana in 1931. Also called yellow poplar or tulip tree, it can be found throughout the state of Indiana.

The tulip poplar is not actually a poplar tree, but a member of the magnolia family. The tulip poplar leaf has a unique, distinct shape (it appears in the border of the Indiana state seal), and produces huge, bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers in the spring.

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Images

Tulip poplar tree; photo by rene_beignet on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Tulip poplar tree