How to Draw a Tulip Tree

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Tulip Tree in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Tulip Tree.

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How to Draw a Tulip Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw two straight lines right next to each other starting at the top and moving your way down.

Step 2: Next you will need to draw the leaf on the right which is similar to the stem, but the two lines will curve in and meet at the top.

Step 3: Drawing the leaves on the left will be slightly different. The larger leaf needs to have more of a curve, and then add in the small leaf between the stem and large leaf.

Step 4: In this step we draw the flower! First draw the small ring at the top of the stem, and then add the two largest petals by drawing and oval shape that is more pointed near the top. Continue the petals moving upward as you go.

Step 5: The last step is to draw the ground by making curvy lines starting at the bottom of the stem.

Interesting Facts about Tulip Trees

Tulip Trees are a type of Poplar tree. They are beautiful lawn tree that blooms in the spring. The flowers are tulip shaped and a buttery yellow color. Tulip Trees grow to 200 feet tall and are found in the eastern area of the United States. They are most common in states like Tennessee, Indiana, Vermont, and Rhode Island. They have an attractive cone shape and have a very pleasant smell. The smooth wood of the tree is very useful for making musical instruments, roof singles, and toys. Tulip Trees can live for 300 years!

Did you know?

  • Native Americans would carve canoes from Tulip Trees.
  • Also known as Yellow Poplar, Whitewood, and Tulip Poplar.
  • The Tulip Tree is the state tree of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana.
  • Tulip Tree flower nectar is used to make honey.
  • Forest animals like quail and squirrels eat Tulip Tree seed.
  • A 20 year old Tulip Tree produces 4 pounds of nectar.

Lesson Plan Note: Since Tulip Trees are the state tree of 3 American states; introduce your class to the history of these states. The 3 states are Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. These states have been very important in the development of the American move out West and American history.