I have an amazing backyard, full of strong mature trees and not cookie-cutter in any way, and even though I found this house in the dead of winter as the trees lay dormat, I could imagine what great potential awaited me. At the back of our property line near the Garden Shed, my husband & I recently kept noticing exquisite large flowers on the canopy floor to our great curiosity. I never realized that large shade trees bloomed, but some astute online research confirmed that indeed, we are endowed with a wonderful Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)! The tree is a native, but one which (unfortunately) has blooms bourne so high up in the branches that they aren't readily visible from below. I guess we'll have to appreciate the interesting flowers after they have fallen.