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Tulip Poplar Trivia ~ Day 181

This is a continuation of my post submitted earlier Meaning Behind the Name.

After researching the Tulip Poplar trees in my backyard I found some interesting facts to share. Tulip poplar is one of the tallest of the native American hardwoods. Kentucky was home to some of the most magnificent of these trees. Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana have all named tulip poplar as the state tree. The tulip poplar (also called tulip tree) is actually more closely related to magnolia than either a tulip or a poplar. 

Uniquely shaped, bright green leaves are 3 to 8 inches long and wide. Fall color is yellow and so beautiful. One of my favorite trees in the fall.

Early North American explorers were impressed with the size of the tulip poplars discovered in the New World and used the long, straight logs to build cabins. I was impressed to know log cabins were built using this tree.

Tulip poplar has been called canoe tree because Native Americans used it to make dugouts. The tulip poplar flower has a colorful base that helps bees find the flower’s source of abundant nectar. The nectar, also popular with hummingbirds, is a source of gourmet honey. And the butterflies also visit frequently.


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