Tonkin Tulip

Tonkin Tulip

One of two large tulip trees in Tonkin Park in Renton, Washington, this 67″ DBH  Liriodendron tulipifera is the largest diameter tree in the City tree inventory. It may not be the biggest tulip tree in the area but it is a fine specimen in the old downtown of the city. The park is on the site formerly occupied by the general store established by the park’s namesake James Tonkin, who settled in Renton in 1884. I have the daily pleasure of walking past the tree on my way to work at City Hall and have been awaiting the blossoms with anticipation as the South side of the tree is about to burst out. I marvel at the 80 foot height and 60 foot spread  and the fact that such a large tree is so happy in such an urban environment. It isn’t a native tree but apparently it likes the moisture and soil here just fine!submitted by, Ian Gray – Urban Forerstry & Natural Resources Manager, Renton WA 

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