Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a member of the Magnolia (Magnoliaceae) family and grows to heights well above most other New England hardwoods. In fall, mature trees can be recognized by their cone-like fruit clusters which adorn the tips of countless twigs. Over the coming months, these clusters will thin out as the winged seeds fall naturally or are eaten by various mammals or birds.
To further appreciate the distinctive beauty of this tree, check out Oregon State University's Tuliptree profile page which includes photos of the flower and fruit development, twigs, bark, leaves, and overall green season and white season forms.
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