In grade school days, I read Edgar Poe's Gold Bug. In it they climb a great tulip-tree to drop a plumb line and find the treasure. I had been climbing them before that, but since then tulip-trees have been extra special. I always watch for them to bloom, and it's worth the wait. This large tree grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV, and ON. Washtenaw Co MI, 6/3/11.