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Liriodendron Tulipifera - Tulip Poplar Tree
Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Common Name: Tulip Poplar
Thomas Jefferson described the Tulip Poplar as "The Juno of our Groves" when he forwarded seeds to a Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé, in 1805.1 The Tulip Poplar, also called Yellow Poplar or Tuliptree, is a fast growing tree and the tallest hardwood species of the eastern North American forest. It is a majestic and graceful tree and is especially treasured in European parks and gardens, where it was first described in 1687. Its dramatic, golden yellow autumn color, its ornamental, orange and green, tulip-like flowers, and its unusual leaves and quick growth lend this species the mythological glory Thomas Jefferson justly admired.
-Peggy Cornett, 2004
- Betts, Garden Book.
- "Stately Poplar Tree Removed." (PDF) Monticello 19, no. 2 (2008): n.p.
- Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.