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13. Tulip Tree
One of the more unique trees on the Winona State University campus is the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Also called the Tulip Magnolia, Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar, the tree is a member of the Magnolia family but was often mistaken for a Poplar because of its soft, white wood.
The Tulip Tree can be recognized by its leaves, which are long-petioled and have an unusual squarish shape seemingly to have been cut off at the tip. The leaves turn a bright orange yellow in the fall. This beautiful tree gets its common name from its greenish-yellow tulip-like flowers.
The Tulip Tree is one of the largest eastern hardwoods and commonly attains a height of 80 to 100 feet. Individual trees have grown to 150 feet with a trunk diameter of 8 to 12 feet. Though considered a hardwood, the Tulip Tree has been prized because it grows straight and tall and its wood is relatively soft and workable.
The Tulip Tree has ancient lineage, dating back over 50 million years. Though native to North America, fossil leaves of this particular tree have also been found in rocks of Europe and Greenland. Interestingly, the Tulip Tree is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Winona State University's Tulip Tree was made possible through a donation from faculty members and was planted in the plaza between Gildemeister and Pasteur Halls during a May 2000 celebration of the completion of the campus central mall green space.
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