124975 Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera (Magnoliaceae) HEIGHT to 45m. Impressive deciduous tree. BARK Pale grey. BRANCHES Often twisted. LEAVES Strikingly shaped, to 20cm long and 4-lobed with a terminal notch; fresh green through summer, turning bright gold in autumn. Leaves smooth and hairless, on a slender 5–10cm-long petiole. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are superficially tulip-like. Cup-shaped at first and inconspicuous as perianth segments are greenish and blend in with leaves. Later, flowers open more fully, revealing rings of yellowish stamens surrounding paler ovaries. Often produced high up in middle of dense foliage, and not until the tree is at least 25 years old and quite sizeable. Conical fruits, to 8.5cm long, are composed of numerous scale-like overlapping carpels. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTON Native of E USA. Introduced into Europe in the 17th century and commonly planted here in gardens and parks.