yellow-poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera

Yellow-poplar is a tall, fast growing, beautiful deciduous tree of eastern forests. Its name is a misnomer: it is not a poplar but a a relative of the magnolias. Yellow-poplar is valued for its soft, versatile wood, and typically straight, limb-free trunk.

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Timber Value

      Yellow-poplar wood is used for furniture, cabinets, veneer, plywood, and pulpwood.


Wildlife Value
      The seeds are eaten by various species. Yellow-bellied sapsucker feeds on phloem tissue. Ruby- throated hummingbird consumes nectar from the flowers.
          Attracts: northern bobwhites, purple finch, cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, mice

Regeneration methods
      Clearcut and seed-tree methods work best to exploit yellow-poplar's fast growth and full-sun preference. Shelterwoods and group selections also work, but growth of saplings is compromised.

Fun facts
Yellow-poplar is tallest hardwood in North America. The tree's tulip-shaped greenish-yellow and orange striped flowers are very attractive and worth a second look. The wood is used for veneer-based engineered wood products and interior bracing for furniture. There are also local cottage industries that make shingles and siding from the bark. It is also a high nectar yielding honey tree.
Liriodendron: Greek "leiron" (lily) and "dendron" (tree) / tulipifera: tulip-bearing
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