Tuliptree flower (Photo by Bernt Solymar)
Tuliptrees are part of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) and one of the only two species in the Liriodendron genus. The word liriodendron is Greek for "lily tree."
Where is this species found?
In Ontario, the tuliptree grows along the north shore of Lake Erie, the south shore of Lake Huron and along the Niagara Peninsula.
Tuliptrees are shade intolerant; they need full sun in order to germinate.
Tuliptrees in Backus Woods
Backus Woods is home to a magnificent stand of tulip trees whose bright yellow-green leaves light up the canopy in the spring.
An important food source for wildlife
The seeds produced by the tuliptree are an important source of food for wildlife, including birds and small mammals. The fruit of the tuliptree can be found scattered along the forest floor.