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Tulip Poplar Seed Pods

While out walking the byways of Michigan, I'd spotted these same blooms high up in a tree. I couldn't get close enough by any means for a better look, and I couldn't imagine what tree possessed such lovely blooms in February. Later while on a walk in Cleveland, I saw them again and was able to get a better look.













Turns out it's a tulip poplar, a tree native to these Midwest parts, that grows tall and lovely. It's leaves are of a distinct shape (like a tulip, in fact) and it's blooms (again reminiscent of the tulip) arrive in late spring. These are the seed pods decorating the branches most spectacularly.

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There's one of these in the hedge near my allotment. The blooms aren't particularly conspicuous, as they're a light green colour, but when you look closely, you really get to appreciate them.
I had never heard of these until my mother-in-law planted one at her home in Ohio. I admit I didn't give it much thought then, either, until she pointed out the blooms to me one day. I've been hooked ever since!

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