Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a hardwood tree belonging to the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) native to the eastern United States and so named for its showy canary-yellow flowers, which resemble tulips. Also distinctive are its leaves, which are four-lobed and are said to resemble the silhouette of a cat.
Tuliptree is one of the tallest North American trees and may attain heights in excess of 50 m. Its wood is prized for making organs, and bees may make a fine baking honey from its nectar.
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