Tree following, February 2017 – Liz’s Tulip poplar

This is a little like Where’s Waldo? with Dulcie helping me search for the Tulip poplar (Lirodendron tulipifera) sapling I got as a freebie at last year’s Arbor Day.  The sixty year old silver maple that had provided afternoon shade at the back of the house had run its course and had to be removed just over a year ago. Hence the pile of ground stump with pots submerged and tree stumps in the rear.


tree-following-feb17-lizs-tulip-poplar-3Dulcie isn’t looking in the right direction but provides some background to the three feet tree. Here’s a look at it from the other direction.

The Tulip poplar is a member of the magnolia family, and is the state tree of Kentucky. According to the University of Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture… “Tulip poplar is one of the tallest of the native American hardwoods. Kentucky was home to to some of the most magnificent of these stately trees.  The tree has winter features including duck’s bill-shaped buds and furrowed bark. It also offers striking flowers in May and June. Leaves emerge folded and yellow and become green with age. They turn  a clear yellow in autumn.”

tree-following-feb17-lizs-tulip-poplar-1There isn’t much to see of my tree at the moment but Dulcie, Charlie and I hope to provide you with more details and pictures in the coming months.


My thanks to Mike for letting me guest post and to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.


Have a good weekend!


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17 Responses to Tree following, February 2017 – Liz’s Tulip poplar

  1. Christina says:

    Lirodendron tulipifera is a magnificent tree when it produces its beautiful flowers; well done for planting one.

    • Liz says:

      Christina, thank you for the encouragement. I’ve seen the trees along roadsides and always thought they were rather exotic in flower. Liz

  2. Jo says:

    I look forward to following its progress throughout the year. I think it will be interesting watching the changes in so young a tree, they seem to suddenly take off and can grow at quite a rate. Lovely to see Dulcie putting in an appearance too.

  3. nikkipolani says:

    I understand the tree is fast growing and can get quite tall, so good choice, Liz, for your selection for the year!

  4. Flighty says:

    It’s sad when a mature tree like your silver maple has to be removed but well done on replacing it with this one, which over time will be a wonderful successor. I look forward to seeing it’s progress through the coming year. xx

    • Liz says:

      Mike, the weird weather — too much rain, then drought — seemed to have a weakening effect on the silver maple. Let’s hope the tulip poplar performs well. Thanks, Liz

  5. Wow! I’ve never seen one so young! Here we only encounter them as huge old park trees. One of my favourites, though. I love the flowers and am always pleased that I can recognise the unique “saddle” shape of the leaves.
    All the best with your following 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Pat, at Arbor Day at our state Arboretum, they always pass out little “sticks”. Perhaps that’s a good thing because they get to grow and mature in the same place for a long time. Thanks, Liz.

  6. Erika says:

    It’s that time of the year when you are just waiting and nothing much happens with the tree that is visible. But soon…

  7. This is a great tree! You lucky lady. Looking forward to following with you x

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  9. I love to see little twig like trees going in, so much promise, so much to look forward to

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