Tennessee's state tree, the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), is not one of the first trees to leaf out in spring, but depending on prevailing springtime temperatures, leaf buds break dormancy from late March to early April. The tree's eponymous orange-yellow flowers emerge from late April into June. Tulip poplars complete autumn leaf drop by the end of November.
About this Author
Michelle Z. Donahue lives in Washington, D.C., and has worked there as a journalist since 2001, when she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English. She first covered politics as a reporter for the weekly Fairfax Times newspaper, then for the daily newswire Canadian Economic Press, where she reported from the U.S. Treasury. Donahue is currently a freelance writer.