Liriodendron chinense (Hemsl.) Sarg., Trees & Shrubs 1: 103 1903. (syn: Liriodendron tulipifera var. chinense Hemsl.; Liriodendron tulipifera var. sinense Diels [Spelling variant]);

Liriodendron chinense, the Chinese tulip tree, is Asia’s native species in the Liriodendron genus. This native of central and southern China grows in the provinces of Anhui, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Zhejiang, Sichuan and Yunnan, and also locally in northern Vietnam.

Liriodendron chinense is very similar to the American species, Liriodendron tulipifera, differing in the often slightly larger and more deeply lobed leaves, and in the shorter inner petals in the flowers, which lack the orange pigment of L. tulipifera. The Chinese tulip tree reaches about 40 metres (130 ft) tall.[1]
It is not as hardy as the American species, but is cultivated on other continents as an ornamental tree.
(From Wikipedia on 15.3.14



Liriodendron chinense (Hemsl.) Sarg.
Deciduous tree with distinct leaves having truncate to slightly cordate base with often two basal lobes and bilobed apex.
Photographed from California.



Liriodendron Species, probably chinense, seen in Sacramento on 7/10/14.

Ornamental tree.

For validation.

without the flower cant be differentiated so easily, unless one has lots of leaves of both the tulip trees .. or even some newly emerging shoots and darker leaves
we will have to be satisfied with the genera id..

.ps unless you do have the flowers pic that you have not found yet…

Thanks for your feedback.
My suggested id was based on … post on eflora
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Magnoliaceae- Liriodendron chinense from California-GSMAR9
I was not lucky to see the flower.
Based on leaf shape, I had suggested the id above.

i am uncomfortable without flowers

leaves can do a lot of things

shape change is one of them

Yes L. chinense, truncated upper part of leaf (as if cut with scissors) is distinctive. Here are some for comparison.

all poplar leaves have that cut with a scissors look. some more flat than others, but that’s their hall mark… that’s how one knows that they are standing under a poplar three

Thanks for validation.
My suggested id was based on reference of your pictures.