How tall was the tree? How big are those buds? Is the bark reddish brown and glossy? I'm thinking it could be a magnolia. If it is, you may be able to propagate it with that branch, provided it hasn't been dry for too long. Many trees can be propagated in this way, including magnolias (haven't tried it myself yet).
See these webpages for information on how to do this:
Couldn't hurt...You've nothing to lose, right? I think your best bet is to take it to a local arboretum; here in Ohio, we're fortunate to have Dawe's Arboretum (http://www.dawesarb.org). You might even e-mail them and attach your picture if you don't have a local arboretum.
Not sure how tall it was...the buds are about the size of your thumb...1st knuckle to end...the branches are mainly brown but have with spots? on them..and sort of glossy but not alot.. Was told possibly a Tulip tree...?
Thanks for the sites .. i will check them out...