The tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)—also known as yellow-poplar, whitewood, tulip tree and tulip magnolia—-is not actually a poplar; it belongs to the magnolia family. It is the state tree of Kentucky.
It is primarily found in the eastern and southeastern part of the United Sates. A tulip poplar tree can grow up to a height of 120 feet, making it the tallest tree in the eastern United Sates.
The tulip poplar blooms in mid-spring, from April to June. The tulip-shaped flowers are greenish-yellow in color and emerge near the top of the tree.
It is a popular option for reforestation because it grows quickly and resists damage from disease and insects. If left exposed, the tulip poplar can suffer from wind and ice damage.
The tulip polar is used to make plywood, veneer and furniture, because its light, soft wood is easy to manipulate.
Tulip poplar heartwood is a popular choice in the construction industry because it is highly resistant to termites and decay.
Its most common enemies are the fusarium and nectria canker, and the yellow-polar weevil.