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September: flower portrait #3


I saw this North American tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Kew Gardens in June this year.

tulip tree

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 .


21 thoughts on “September: flower portrait #3

  1. What lovely patterns and colours! I’m glad some of the flowers were low enough down to see inside them.

  2. What unusual colours….and on a tree?! Very cool!

  3. I have seen the tree but never the flowers so thank you for sharing this. Aren’t they lovely? A bit like a giant magnolia.

  4. Those are some weird colors for a flower. Do the colors indicate to animals that its poisonous? A lot of neon/brightly colored flora tell animals that its not edible. The inner bulb looks like a melted kiwi.lol Great pics.

  5. What a gorgeous creation, Elaine! Lovely shots 🙂

  6. Beautiful flower and superb shots. 🙂

  7. We saw these trees in Hawaii, but not up close like this. We can see all the wonderful details of the flowers in your photos. Beautiful.

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