Things I learned this year…
• The Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) also called the American Tulip, Tulip Poplar, or Yellow Poplar is a member of the Magnolia family. It’s an important nectar source for bees across Tennessee, Kentucky, and much of the eastern US.
• The wood of choice for organs, panels of carriages, coffin boxes, wooden ware and because it’s resistant to termites, house and barn sills were made using tulip poplar beams.
• The wood is lightweight and was preferred by Native American tribes in the construction of canoes.
• Tea was made from the inner bark to treat fevers and indigestion.
• The bark can be chewed for an aphrodisiac.
Many thanks to Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy for hosting the Tree Following blog
If you have keen powers of observation, a curiosity about nature, and a camera to record tree changes, please consider following a tree.