The Tulip Tree, native to the Eastern United States, has leaves that are distiquished by their similar appearance to a profile line drawing of the flower tulip. Take a look at the green leaf in the center of the photograph - see the tulip now?
Another distiguishing feature of the Tulip Tree is their height: some trees can grow as tall as 170 or even 180 feet tall, allowing them to tower above Oaks and Maples in Eastern forests. The broad trunks of these trees made them suitable for use as dugout canoes by Native Americans, earning this tree the nickname of "canoewood."
For me, its all about the leaves, the fascinating shape, the multiple hues in autumn all make the Tulip one of the things I have come to enjoy about New Jersey.
This photgraph was taken in Brookdale Park in Montclair New Jersey.