This is a great tree for fall interest. The fall color is just spectacular–and it is just coming into peak now. In late spring (usually June for us) it has the interesting racemes of flowers whose remains you can see dangling from the tree, providing contrast to the leaves. And its bark is a lovely grey-ish shade, providing a nice winter interest as well. Its common name is the Sourwood tree and its botanical is oxydendrum aboreum. Best of all, it is a native plant, native to the mid-Atlantic states and it thrives in acidic soils.