4. Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

Family: Magnoliaceae


One of the largest trees of Eastern United States, it can grow to 60m with a trunk 3m diameter. Many cultivars have been developed for use as ornamental trees. The tree is fast growing and the wood is used in decorative panels and for carving. The leaves are very distinctive so the other tulip tree in the arboretum should be easily recognized. “Tulip” for the shape of the flowers which appear in December