Common Name = Tulip Tree or Yellow-poplar
Scientific Name = Liriodendron tulipifera
Location = Adams Library south (front) lawn
Height = 73 feet (21.9m)
Trunk Circumference = 71 inches (1.77m)


Both the flowers and the leaves of the tulip tree bear a distinct resemblance to the familiar tulip flower of spring gardens. The soft, light-colored wood of this Rhode Island native tree is both odorless and tasteless, making it ideal for lining wells and berry boxes (before plastics). A relatively fast grower, the tulip tree is the tallest of the eastern hardwoods. This particular tree and its five buddies, planted in 1963 to frame the brand new Adams Library, have reached impressive size in just forty years. They provide a fitting inspirational sight for members of the College community entering RICís academic core and information reservoir in search of knowledge and insight.

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