on the naming of trees

Here in the US Midwest, this tall, fast growing tree with its distinctive leaves is a familiar presence in residential landscapes in almost every suburb and small town. Its common name is “tulip tree,” but you have to be paying attention for a week or so in the late spring to find out why. 
A magnificent neighborhood tulip tree in full bloom this afternoon– its yellow-green and orange flowers will be gone in a few days.

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