This is my kind of tree; obscure, beautiful in an understated way, and easy to grow. A small Chinese tree with simple, elegant foliage, red tinted when young, flowering in late summer, when most other things aren't. The small flowers, borne in fat conical clusters, are whitish in bud and open soft creamy-yellow. Hardy, drought tolerant and suited to any reasonable soil, this is perfect for a climate-change future. Enjoys sun and heat, though doesn't particularly need the latter.