Friday, September 9, 2016

Tulip Poplar -- Indiana State Tree

This little tree in front of the library is in its second year of life.  It started as a seedling in home landscaping in the spring of 2015 and was transplanted to the library in June.  This wouldn't normally be an ideal time to move a tree, but it was a wet June and the tree settled right in and shot up.

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.