Natural Dye Notebook :: No. 23, Tulip Tree

Posted by Erin Howe on

Liriodendron tulipifera

One of the tallest, straightest citizens of the Eastern Hardwood Forest, tulip tree enters its leaves in the woodsy pink dye category. 

The words “a gold-colored dye is obtained from the bark” are repeated and repeated online, so much that I tried bark twice. And truly, a gold-colored dye does result. But it hardly showed up on the fabric at all. I didn’t even take a photo because it wasn’t worth trekking out to get a piece of bark for it. So. Tulip tree, pink leaves. Bark, not worth it. 

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