Sunday, May 29, 2011

Unmistakable, Tulip Tree of Prospect Park

Tulip Tree flowers, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) of Prospect Park, not the least of which is that the species is a majestic towering native with spectacular blooms. What I particularly like is that this tree is unmistakable, identifiable with obvious characteristics in all seasons. Below, the flower reveals its lineage clearly and anyone who has ever looked closely at a Magnolia flower could at least guess that the trees are related. (In fact, they share a family, the Magnoliaceae.)

Tulip Tree flower, Prospect Park Brooklyn

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