Yellow-poplar Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera .

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Tennessee/tree_tulip_poplar.html

Tree

The tulip poplar was designated as the official state tree of Tennessee by Public Chapter 204 of the Acts of the 1947 General Assembly. The act stated that, as no state tree had ever before been designated, the adoption of an official tree seemed appropriate. The tulip poplar was chosen “because it grows from one end of the state to the other” and “was extensively used by the pioneers of the state to construct houses, barns, and other necessary farm buildings.”

the other day I temporarily lost my car keys do I had to walk the kids to school. On the walk home after I had blown off some steam (anger at myself) I noticed these flowers littering the sidewalk.

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