Annie Sellick.
Annie Sellick talks about the tulip poplar tree. © © Tamara Reynolds Photography 2009

Stories in Tennessee

If Trees Could Sing: Annie Sellick

Annie Sellick talks about the tulip poplar and the benefits that trees provide us.

Vocalist Annie Sellick might be the best known jazz singer in her hometown of Nashville. Her knack for rhythm, hard-swing and clever phrasing have put her onstage or in the studio with luminaries such as Joey DeFrancesco, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Mark O'Connor. She has been voted Best Jazz Artist five times by the readers of the Nashville Scene. We filmed Annie's video at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood, Tennessee.

More music artists talk about trees . . . 

Annie Sellick Annie Sellick talks about the tulip poplar in this video for The Nature Conservancy's "If Trees Could Sing" series.
A yellow flower emerges from green foliage.
Tulip Poplar Tulip trees are one of the tallest broadleaf trees. © Kent Mason

Cool Tree Fact

Did you know...? Researchers estimate that America’s trees save our nation $7 billion in health costs every year through pollution control.

Tulip Poplar Facts

Plant in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant, unless the ground is frozen. Allow plenty of room for the tree to mature and grow. Water it regularly in its first three years. Spread mulch around the base of the tree. ..

  • Scientific name: Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Other names: tulip tree, yellow poplar
  • Range: found across most of the eastern United States
  • Height: up to 150 ft.
  • Flowers: greenish yellow with orange band at bottom
  • Fall colors: yellow
  • Distinguishing features: flowers that resemble tulips; tall and straight trunk

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