Tulip Poplar - Liriodendron Tulipifera
Also known as the tulip tree, it's one of the tallest native trees on the eastern side of the United States. The leaves of this plant are unique and easily identifiable. The leaves are typically 5 to 6 inches wide and long and has four lobes. The top two lobes form the shape of a heart and follow down into two more lobes. The flowers are greenish yellow with accents of orange and red. The shape of the flower resembles a tulip distinctly. This tree is perfect for providing shade if you plan on giving it a home in your yard. One of the great things about this tree is that it's one of the major honey plants in the Eastern side of the United States. It's extremely valued for it's nectar. You can expect this tree to start flowering between April and June depending on your exact location and weather. The flowers can be quite inconspicuous as it's yellow-green color blends in well with the leaves. They do produce quite a few seeds which the local birds will be appreciative of. The seeds have a low germination rate so you won't have to worry about Tulip Poplars popping up all over your property. The Tulip Poplar grows best in deep, moderately moist, loose textured soils with good drainage. This tree is not successful in extremely wet or extremely dry conditions. It will tolerate a pH of 4.5 to 7.5. This tree is also well known for it's quick growth rate. This tree is extremely popular considering it's resistance to pests, it's sturdy and beautiful flowers, the large amounts of shade it provides and the nectar that can be harvested from it.