Tulip Poplar Seed Identification
Q: I get a gazillion of these spinning seeds each year and wonder what tree they are from.
A: I believe they are tulip poplar seed. Spinning seeds are called samaras.
Many trees produce single-wing samaras. Maples form two-winged, two-bladed samaras on the tree but the two halves split apart before falling.
The spinning motion of samaras serves to disperse seeds away from the parent plant.