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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Elizabeth Appell

Our tulip poplar tree buds were painfully frost-nipped this week and may not experience this year’s beauty of blossom. I salvaged a few to last long enough in a bouquet and dug up these tulip tree tidbits:
Native to most of the Eastern US states and one of the most popular American trees grown in France and England.
It’s the state tree of Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana.
The tulip poplar is not a poplar ~ it’s a member of the magnolia family.
Their petals resemble tulips, and each flower produces around a tablespoon of nectar, making the tree popular with beekeepers.
Tulip poplar has also been called canoe tree because Native Americans and early settlers carved canoes from its light, buoyant trunks.

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