(and sometimes the beast!)




  Don't you hate it when you find out that something you like is not good for you?  It's the same with this tree, commonly called a Rain Tree in these parts.  They have been delighting me with their abundance of tiny yellow flowers over the past few weeks and now the pinkish seed bracts are taking over, giving them an autumn cloak.  I went searching for the real name and found on an Australian government site that it's Chinese Rain Tree or Koelreuteria elegans ssp. formosan and they consider it a weed.  There is apparently another one that's not a weed called Golden Rain Tree or Koelreuteria paniculata and you can read about it here.
Similar story to the murderous African Tulip, a tree I'd always loved, until I found out the truth!