With all the rain we’ve been enduring here in Portland I can also attest to the umbrella like qualities of this trees 18” long leaves. If caught in a downpour there are worse places you could find yourself.
Second, our Japanese Snowbell trees (Styrax japonicas). We have a pair of these planted in our hell (parking) strip. They were here when we moved in and both of them have reliably bloomed each year since we’ve been here, until now, year 5. This year the one on the north end is covered in blooms, like normal.
They are hard to see in the above picture but they are there, a lot of them.
The one on the south end. Not a single bloom to be found.
Well, ok…there are these 4. But it took me 5 minutes to find them, it’s weird.