The next in our series of trees we recommend for use in local landscaping is the towering Tulip Poplar! The experts at Knutsen Landscaping have compiled a list of trees indigenous to our region in Pennsylvania.
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
- Pioneers used tulip poplar to make houses, barns, and canoes
- Most commonly used today in cabinet making
- Also used for medicinal purposes—like teas and ointments
- State tree of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana
- Nicknamed the “fiddle tree” because of it’s peculiar shaped leaves that resemble small violins
- It is actually a member of the magnolia family, not the poplar family
- Won’t bloom tulips for the first 15 years of it’s life—the flowers are usually a light green or yellow color
- Average lifespan:200-250, but can live much longer under the right conditions
- Tallest of the North American hardwood trees…between 100 and 150 feet tall!
- Trunks can grow 50 feet high without a single branch
- Produces a honey used primarily by bakers