Leaves and Trees: Tulip Poplar

For the past five years or so, my dear friend Kathryn Kolb has been teaching me about the trees of the South. We go on regular hikes together with our dogs and I've slowly gained a knowledge of some of the trees of Georgia- in which they are many. Georgia is home to approximately 250 species of trees.

Since nature is the ultimate designer, I'd like to introduce a regular feature I'm calling Leaves and Trees where I'll be sharing pictures and info of various plants and trees of the South. As Kathryn taught me, "We can only appreciate the trees once we know who they really are." The Tulip Poplar was one of the first trees I learned and actually remembered. Not a poplar at all but part of the Magnolia family, it's easy to identify by the distinctive shape of its leaf, which looks like a tulip. The above tulip poplar leaf is a brand new growth, so cute and perfect in its design.   

These next two pictures were taken by Kathryn. The first is of an old growth Tulip Poplar, which she captured at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina. This forest is actually home to the largest tulip trees which can reach a spectacular 150 feet high. These trees are generally the tallest tress found in the eastern US and they grow fast and straight up like a column. It's a beautiful shade or ornamental tree for anyone's yard, as long as you have the room for it and lots of sunshine.  

This next photograph Kathryn took in her front yard in Atlanta. She shoots with a Hasselblad 2 1/4 square format camera using no filters or effects. See more of her stunning work throughout the South here. And in case you're wondering, this impressive tree gets its name from its tulip shaped yellow flowers that bloom in May. Until they fall to the ground, these blooms are hard to see as they can only be found at the tippy top of the tree.  



Photos and Content: Sweet Peach, Kathryn Kolb