This is a picture of yellow poplar trees, also known as tuliptrees, from our hike at the Arc of Appalachia yesterday. The tree is a member of the magnolia family and is named for its tulip-like flowers. The tree is valued for lumber due to its fast growth and straight grain. It is a “pioneer ” species that grows best in forest clearings left by storms or abandoned fields.
As I read about these trees, I could not help but make a connection to the Apostles as we read about them during the Easter season.