While on our study trip last spring I had the opportunity to see these beauties up close. There was a tree in one of the gardens with blooms on some lower branches. The flowers bloom in the spring and are usually so high in the tree that they go unnoticed. It is only when the faded bloom falls to the ground that you know there is a Tuliptree nearby. The flower measures 2 inches across.
composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, as the raspberry.) appear to be tulips left on the tree.
The bark is light gray with shallow furrows, becoming darker as it ages. As it is a straight trunk the wood is highly valued for its use in furniture and framing construction. It is a good source of wildlife food and valued as a honey tree. Morel mushrooms grow best under these trees. It is the largest and most valuable hardwood in the U.S.