Trade name: Tulip tree
Country of origin: Northern Europe and America
Occurrence: Eastern and southeastern North America
Uses: The tulip tree is a member of the magnolia family and is one of the most important deciduous tree species in the United States, especially on the East Coast. Harder and more durable wood is used for construction, but it is also used to make toys and musical instruments.
Character: The sapwood is creamy white, the heartwood varies from yellowish green, yellowish brown to olive brown with streaks. But also violet stripes are not uncommon. The wood is straight grained with a fine, even texture.
Special features: In keeping with its name, this plant bears tulip-like flowers from May to June. These are yellowish to orange in color – a very appealing color. The color of the bark of the tulip tree varies from gray, to brown, to orange. The tree is therefore also planted for its high decorative value.