This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This tree, the only one of its genus, is found in great abundance in the Middle States, where, on the rich woodlands in the al-luvials bordering on large streams, it attains a growth which makes it the most majestic tree of the American forest. Trees are frequently found from one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet in height, and six or eight feet in diameter, the trunk being sometimes sixty or eighty feet, perfectly straight, and without knot or limb. This stately, magnificent tree, when its wide-spreading branches at the 'summit are loaded in May with its Tulip flowers, is a splendid sight, and a most valuable acquisition.
"When this tree first bloomed in England, the common people heard that there was an enormous American tree covered with Tulips, and they opened their eyes in wonderment at the information. It was just after the Tulip mania in Holland and elsewhere. The excitement was great, and Liriodendron tulipifera was all the fashion. There can scarcely be a handsomer tree, and yet it is not so frequently planted as it deserves to be." It is a good shade tree, but it attains a large size; too large for very small grounds. It is also difficult to remove, having a tap-root. Procure it not from the woods, whence it almost always fails, but from a reliable and conscientious nurseryman, whom you can believe when he tells you he has removed it at least once.