What a great sighting today in Bloomfield Village, Michigan! In full flower a magnificent Panicled Goldenraintree (a.k.a. Varnish Tree or Pride of India) and for you botanists: Koelreuteria paniculata. Very hardy and these showy flowers dependably bloom in July! Quite a treat for all you ornamental tree fans. Later in September appear papery 3-sided lantern-like seed pods, changing from green to yellow to brown! Top this for a bonus show-stopper in the autumn! More of this tree type should be in circulation for some showy summer landscapes.