American tulip tree
The long-lived tulip tree is native mainly to the eastern United States. Its leaves have an original shape, with an indented tip. Its botanical name combines the Greek words for lily and tree, while the Polish one refers to its yellow-and-green flowers, frequently hiding high in the tree’s crown, which bear a surprising resemblance to tulips.
Tulip tree wood is used to build pianos and church organs, among others. Dendrologists confirm that the specimen growing in front of the manor is Penderecki’s near-contemporary, and was most likely planted by the previous owner’s father.