#096 Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

This tree stands on the Duke Mansion property. In 1919 James "Buck" Duke, known for his involvement in Duke University and modern cigarette production, purchased the home. Buck was ambitious in improving the grounds and he wished to save this Yellow Poplar near the entrance of the property. This tree has survived hurricanes and a large amount of wood decay. In order to combat this decay, concrete was poured into the trunk to maintain the tree. You can still see the concrete in the tree if you're entering from the driveway.

Statistics (1998/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 259"/273"
  • Height (Ft.): 121'/92'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 131'/87'
  • Total Points: 413/387'

More Information

  • Nominated By: Treasure Tree Committee
  • Year Added: 1998
  • Owned By: The Lynwood Foundation
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Myers Park
  • Property Type: Private (fee)
  • Nearest Address: 400 Hermitage Road
  • Ecological Value: Tulip Poplars are some of the tallest trees that grow on the Eastern side of the Mississippi River. They are also known for their large flowers which are yellow with orange centers.
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