Much of my blog already consists of bushes and trees, but there's always room for
American Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
Unfortunately, many people have never seen the tree in bloom. The species is rare in the wild and seldom planted in yards. Also, most specimens don't flower profusely every year, but only at two to four year intervals.
I've walked by that tree in Schiller Park many times, but this is the first time I stopped and said, "WHOA!!!"
Somewhat nearby in German Village is this Tricolor Beech. "Like a Monte Carlo wearing 24 inch wheels they'll be lovers and haters out there but no one who doesn't notice."
While the irises (or irides, as S.C. insists...is there an app for that?) are neither bushes nor trees, they're too fantastic to pass up.
"You missed two classes and no homework." Wait, here's some homework, right here now! (And I'd like to take this moment to thank Jennifer for her expert tree identification assistance.)