The Tulip Tree is one of the largest hardwood trees in North America, known to reach heights of 200 feet with an apparent straight trunk. The leaf shape is unique, as are also the tulip-like flowers which are large and greenish yellow with dashes of red and orange. Seeds eaten by birds and squirrels. Wood has been used for furniture, shingles, and toys. Native Americans in the past used the trunks for dugout canoes.