Today’s tree is (possibly) a Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum.
I cannot say for certain, because the Sourwood or Sorrel Tree is native to Appalachia, and this tree resides in a neighbor’s yard in Washington State, but it fits most of the description I could find with white clusters of flowers reminiscent of Lily of the Valley blooms. Its brilliant color and unusual shape called me. I find the more I listen to trees, the more I hear them. Pretty soon it’s a cacophony of voices seeking my attention.
The Sourwood has quite a bit of lore from the Eastern US, and I read tales in several sites about legendary Sourwood honey from its flowers. Here is one such clever blog for wild edibles called:
In this evening’s fading light, my daughter and I created a sign for my Rewilding project in our yard. With a better camera and taller photographer, the image would be even better!
Good night from my corner of the world.