Once a year, for about a week or two, this tree is pretty.  It must just be putting on airs for the bees, because the rest of the year it’s an ugly purple mess.  It’s a fruitless cherry tree, but apparently it’s not quite sure how that works, because every two years it tries to put out a crop of cherries.  They don’t look very tasty, and even the birds don’t seem interested in eating them.  I’ve threatened to cut it down, several times.