New City and state Co-Champion Poplar

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New City and state Co-Champion Poplar

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Sat May 30, 2015 9:59 am

I agree Bart. They are Tulip Trees and will always be Tulip Trees. I don't understand why people don't just call them Tulip Trees. They are not Poplars, no matter how many times they are referred to as such.


I've heard the tree called Tulip Tree, Poplar Tree, and Tulip Poplar. Not being a scientist, I didn't know the difference. I stand corrected.

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Re: New City and state Co-Champion Poplar

Post by Don » Sat May 30, 2015 4:04 pm

Maybe not so quick, Tom...there's usually a little bit of truth in all common names (hence the stance that academics take in referring to trees by their scientific name, which are much more stable both in terms of regions, and over time).
The tree known as yellow-poplar (the hyphen denotes that the tree isn't a true poplar) has the scientific name of Liriodendron tulipifera (a nod by the 'namers' to its tulip-shaped flower) , is also known as the tulip tree, American tulip tree, tuliptree, tulip poplar, whitewood, and fiddle-tree depending on where you live.
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