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Southeastern coastal plain varieties of Liriodendron tulipifera

Posted by fayremead 8 BC (Sunset 4) (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 14, 04 at 3:29

A southeastern coastal plain race of Tuliptree was first identified in 1967. Unlike regular Tuliptrees with their sharp-tipped leaves, the foliage of southeastern populations have rounded lobes similar to the Roodhaan cultivar. They often grow in acidic swampy forests of Red Maple, Black Tupelo, and Pond Pine. In the Carolinas, these trees bloom well after the spring equinox, at the same time as their upland 'cousins.'

East-central Florida is home to another variety which blooms much earlier in the year, sometimes in February or even January. It is semi-evergreen -- the old leaves turn yellow in November or December, but often stay on until the new leaves appear. There is evidence that the southernmost native populations are genetically distinct from all other Tuliptree varieties, and are not as acid-loving as the Carolina coastal plain specimens. Click below for additional information.

-Tony

Here is a link that might be useful:


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RE: Southeastern coastal plain varieties of Liriodendron tulipife

The link that didn't get through was for the Floridata article "The Tulip Poplar in Central Florida."

-Tony


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