Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Tulip Poplar
“Americas Millennium Landmark Tree”
This tree is believed to have been planted by Jefferson himself off the southwest corner of his home, Monticello. Hollow for many years, it finally died in 2008 and was removed in June.
In his Weather Memorandum Book on April 16, 1807, Jefferson noted planting "1. Laurodendron in margin of SW [shrub circle] from the nursery." This is the exact spot that this poplar tree was growing. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation believed that this was enough evidence to consider and promote this tree as the only one on the property that was definitely original and planted by Jefferson.