During the fall, a tall straight tree covered in yellow foliage stands brightly and boldly in the forest, along with the reds of the maples and the copper browns of some oaks. It is the Liriodendron tulipifera.

Leirion is Greek for lily and dendron is Greek for tree, while tulipfera means tulip bearing. Common names for it include lyre tree, old wife’s shirt, saddle tree, tulip poplar, tulip tree, tulip tree magnolia, white-poplar, whitewood, yellow poplar and yellow wood.

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