Also commonly referred to as the yellow poplar, tulip poplar or tulip-tree. It is Indiana’s state tree and flourishes all over the state.
We rate poplar trees as a first class tree based on its current demand in markets. Its high commercial value is due to its versatility and use in furniture, cabinetry, interior finish and construction. The wood itself is yellow-green with fine grains that is easily worked.
Benefit to Forest:
It is valued as a honey-tree and is a source of food for wildlife. Birds, specifically purple finches, feed on the seeds along with small rodents. Gray squirrels eat the cone-like buds that grow on the tree in late summer.
Tulip-trees have a dense shade and are relatively insect-free. The tulip-tree is one of the tallest growing trees in North America. Their leaves turn a beautiful golden color in the fall. The straight narrow trunk, which is great for making lumber, can also create a very unique landscaping look.