In the fall of 2015 tragedy struck. The tree was somehow broken off within a few inches of the ground. Rather than pulling it out, library staff left it as a placeholder for another tree in another year.
In the spring of 2016 the little stub of a tree grew leaves. It was alive! But then it was broken off again and left again as just a stub.
Now it's September and look what we have! This "well-pruned" tree is almost five feet tall and full of life!
There may be a reason other than its good looks that the Tulip Poplar was selected as the Indiana state tree. It truly is at home here. One could even say it grows like a weed.