I saw this North American tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Kew Gardens in June this year.
The tree has large dark green leaves and cup shaped white, green and orange blooms that look like tulips, which is how it gets its name, although there is no scientific link between them. It grows up to 30 metres in height, flowers in mid-summer and produces lots of nectar.
The Native Americans of the Appalachian Mountains used trunks of this tree to make dugout canoes; massive logs were hollowed out and could carry up to 20 people at a time!
This post is linking up with The Earth Laughs in Flowers .