Flowers are pretty interesting to look at closely. The sepals form a 5 sided ball through which the petals come out with a long skinny stalk along with the stamens and single stigma.
Flowers are arranged in large 1' long panicles with tons of individual 1" flowers. Whites, reds, pinks, and lavenders are commonly seen. Blooms on new wood.
Fruit are small capsules about 3/8" diameter, brown.
Bark is beautiful, especially wet. Bark is the real selling point for me, but they do provide winter, summer and fall interest.
Fall color is about as good as it gets here in SC.
Corner of Soquel Drive and Potter
17th Ave is a great spot to see many older trees
1592 Seabright Avenue
Mt Hermen Shopping centers, the movie theater side.