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see magnoliamagnolia,
common name for plants of the genus Magnolia, and for the Magnoliaceae, a family of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, often with showy flowers. They are principally of north temperate regions with centers of distribution in Asia and E North America.
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A 100 ft tree with creamy orange tulip-shaped flowers. Bark tea used as stimulant, inflammation, rheumatism, stomach problems, pinworms.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Tulip Tree


(Liriodendron tulipifera), also whitewood, a deciduous tree of the family Magnoliaceae. The trunk measures 50–60 m in height and 3–3.5 m in diameter. The lyrate leaves have four to six lobes and are notched at the apex. The large greenish yellow flowers measure 5–6 cm across and resemble tulip blossoms; they are solitary and are borne at the ends of branches. The perianth consists of three tripartite circles, and the numerous stamens and carpels are arranged in a spiral. The nutlike fruits are one- or two-seeded and winged; they are gathered in a conelike fashion on the elongate single axis.

The tulip tree is native to eastern North America. It is one of the most ornamental trees. In the USSR the tree is grown on the Black Sea Coast of the Caucasus, in the Crimea and other regions of the European USSR, and in the southern regions of Middle Asia. The wood, which is known as tulipwood or yellow poplar, is lightweight, soft, and easily worked. It is used in the production of plywood, furniture, the housing of radio receivers, the body of musical instruments, and various other wooden articles.

L. chinense, a closely related species of the tulip tree, grows in China and northern Indochina. It is less frequently cultivated than the tulip tree.


Derev’ia kustarniki SSSR, vol. 3. Moscow-Leningrad, 1954.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

tulip tree

[′tü·ləp ‚trē]
Liriodendron tulipifera. A tree belonging to the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) distinguished by leaves which are squarish at the tip, true terminal buds, cone-shaped fruit, and large greenish-yellow and orange-colored flowers. Also known as tulip poplar.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tulip tree

1. a North American magnoliaceous forest tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, having tulip-shaped greenish-yellow flowers and long conelike fruits
2. a similar and related Chinese tree, L. chinense
3. any of various other trees with tulip-shaped flowers, such as the magnolia
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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The tulip tree moth's schedule follows this common saturniid mating and ovipositing pattern; however, the promethea moth mates diurnally and lay eggs nocturnally, eliminating this conflict (Collins and Weast, 1961).
He also stated that, "In the same half mile square, I measured, on this same day, twelve sycamores which averaged near 8 feet (average girth of 23 1/2 feet) in diameter and 127 feet spread of top." Additionally, four tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) within a single photograph taken in 1888 by Ridgway ranged from 5-7 feet (1.5-2.1 m) dbh each.
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