Mystery plant 075

This tree grows in central and eastern regions of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with the common name, scientific name and any personal story or connection you may have with this plant.


Bud scales falling from leaf bud in spring; leaf scars and bundle scars


New leaves emerging


Developing flower bud (center) and leaves


Tree in bloom


Partial flower blown to ground




Bark and branch


Seeds in winter


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera).

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15 Responses to Mystery plant 075

  1. Sergio says:

    Looks like Liriodendron chinense, or Chinese Tulip Tree

    • Angelyn says:

      Sergio, you were close. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden site, Liriodendron chinense “is very similar to Liriodendron tulipifera . . . , except it is denser, slightly smaller, has smaller flowers without orange banding, has more deeply lobed leaves and is not as cold hardy.”

  2. Ton Ebben says:

    I think it’s a tulip tree aka Liriodendron tulipifera. They are not native to my country – the Netherlands – and were imported from America. I’m doing a tree identification course and it looks like the tulip tree as it was pointed out to me in a local park.

  3. Tatiana says:

    This is the Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera.

    We have one on our property and enjoy the flowers every year!

  4. Rachel Carnahan says:

    Agree. Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip tree, part of Magnolia family. Don’t see the flowers often as they are at the top of the trees which can get very big in SE Pennsylvania.

  5. Lori Connors says:

    Tulip Tree 🙂

  6. Kaela says:

    Tulip Poplar
    Liriodendron tulipifera

  7. Ann Walter-Fromson says:

    I agree with Ton, that this tree is Liriodendron tulipifera. Known as Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, or Tulip Tree, it is common in Piedmont North Carolina (where I live).

  8. Sharon Johnson says:

    I agree with Ann and Ton. They are very prevalent in my area of Western North Carolina, the Southern Blue Ridge.

  9. Roberta Langman says:

    Looks like a tulip tree to me as well, also common in nj.

  10. Les says:

    Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, locally called yellow poplar, but not actually a poplar at all. It is in the Magnoliaceae family. Referred to as “hardwood” it is actually softer than pine. Its wood is easy to work and generally has a greenish hue.

  11. Ken Cheeks says:

    This is definitely Liriodendron tulipifera, Tulip poplar or Yellow Poplar. From its distinctive leaf shape, magnolia-like blooms, tall canopy, and fall foliage, it is a tree to enjoy the entire year.

  12. Donna says:

    Agree it is Tulip Poplar Liriodendron. They border the wooded side of my driveway in NJ. I love the flowers but, to me, the leaves look like a “tulip” silhouette and wonder if that is where the common name comes from. Does anyone know?

  13. Angelyn says:

    Indeed this is Liriodendron tulipifera. Its most frequently used common names are Yellow poplar and Tulip poplar. I love the flowers’ fragrance which I can only smell when the flowers fall to the ground after a windstorm.

  14. Luke says:

    I saw this tree in a forest near where I live, there’s a lot of them and because of their unique leaves me and my friend used them to mark a path through the forest, took one home and my grandpa said it was probably a tulip leaf. Also there’s another plant out here I’ve discovered but have yet to find any word of its existence anywhere nor have I seen pictures of it

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