Golden Rain Tree: A spectacular and colorful spreading tree to 40' tall & wide. Leaves emerge pink-bronze to purplish in spring, then bright green in summer and yellow in fall. Bright yellow flowers bloom in early summer in long panicles, turning into lovely paper-lantern-like seed-pods. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil; full sun. Tolerates drought & pollution. Zones 4-10
Alexander palm, grows very tall but very fast, up to 1m per year, plant 2 - 3 in the same hole to get the tropical effect.