At Menchhofer Tree Care, we are proud of our state tree, the Liriodendron tulipifera or the Tulip Tree. We think it is a beautiful representation of Indiana, and is quite accurate with the beauty we see around us every day.
The Tulip Tree, which was voted as the Indiana State Tree in March 1931, is also called the Yellow Poplar tree. It has a very distinctive leaf shape and yellow, bell-shaped flowers. You will most likely notice it all around you in the spring and summer because it is absolutely stunning in person.
It is a surprisingly tall tree that grows throughout Indiana, including in many places in Indianapolis. Wood from the tree is soft white in color and can be used to make furniture, trim and cabinets.
Owning a Tulip Tree
According to the Ohio State University Extension, the Tulip Tree “is extremely sensitive to being transplanted in the Autumn.” The same source recommends that, should it be necessary, nonetheless, to transplant in fall, you should take extra pains “to amend the soil, fertilize, water thoroughly, mulch adequately, and avoid Winter salt spray.”
The trees attract many different kinds of animals and birds that will be drawn in the sweet scent and nectar. Hummingbirds are drawn to the nectar in the flowers while bobwhites, rabbits, squirrels and other animals feed on the seed.
If you want to have one of these state trees in your backyard, you will need to have some patience before you can get the flowers as it sometimes takes at least fifteen years to grow to the point when they can have flowers on the leaves. They can also be very, very messy for homeowners, as their flower petals will eventually fall and the area below just after blooming.
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If you want to talk to someone about owning a Tulip Tree or you want someone to help you with pruning, give our Indianapolis tree service a call. We love working with one of our state symbols!
Header Photo Courtesy of wplynn on Flickr!