I didn’t know if Tulip Tree was the right name or not.
Now I KNOW it’s not, thanks to Rebecca and Irene. It’s a magnolia, even though people around here seem to call them “tulip trees”. It seems that the unopened buds look a lot like tulips, and they also go under several "magnolia"designations in other areas.
The big blossoms appear first, before any leaves, and I found several of them along the edges of a golf course in Victoria, Vancouver Island,British Columbia, Canada, where they come into bloom around the first of April.The only person I could find to ask told me they were “tulip trees”, which I now know seems to be a local term and not really the best one to use. They are one of many early spring flowering trees that all come to blossom at the same time.
Searching on “Tulip Tree” in Google gives tons of information where magnolia is explained as the proper name. Should have done that first!
April 15, 2010
Fuji S100FS camera