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1A deciduous North American tree which has large distinctively lobed leaves and insignificant tulip-like flowers.
- ‘The tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, has a bright yellow edged form called ‘Aureomarginatum’.’
- ‘Japanese magnolia, Magnolia soulangeana, also known as tulip tree and saucer magnolia, is one of the first trees to flower in late winter, either in January or February, depending on the weather.’
- ‘Other less prominent tree types included various hickories, other ash species, white oak, black walnut, butternut, basswood, yellow buckeye, elm, black cherry, black gum, and tulip tree.’
- ‘The tree species included dawn redwood, ginkgo, bald cypress, and relatives of present-day sassafras, tulip tree, and magnolia.’
- ‘While liquidambar leaves are predominantly orange and red in the autumn, tulip trees glow golden in autumn, supported by their sturdy trunk.’
2informal term for magnolia (in the plant sense)
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