Distinguishing Features: Leaves have 4 lobes and are nearly flat on top, large yellow blossoms at the end of branches
- Type: Deciduous
- Form at maturity: 70 feet to 90 feet tall, large trees to 150 feet or more are common, ovate to pyramidal when young, older trees become more irregular, trunks of old trees often branchless for quite a distance up
- Leaf: Alternate deciduous "tulip" shaped leaves, 5 to 8 inches long and wide, color is bright green, golden yellow to clear yellow in Autumn, long stems of 3 to 4 inches
- Flower: 2 inch to 3 inch long, tulip-shaped, upright blossoms, petals are yellow-green, the inside of the corolla base is orange.
- Bark: Gray bark with fine stripes of light gray in the furrows
- Fruit or Seed: Dry, scaly, oblong, cone-shaped aggregate fruit, change from green to tan-brown in October