I have finally tracked down the name of my favorite tree, thanks to the botanical genius of Guy "Bilbo" Meacham.
The Stewartia Pseudocamellia:
Having journeyed across the Pacific from Japan, in the spring its branches spread wide with smooth taut bright green leaves reaching towards the sky. Summer invites the buds to unfold their snowy pedals revealing vibrant orange anthers. Upon falls arrival, the tree erupts in a brilliant explosion of gold, crimson, and purple. This deciduous looses its foliage in the winter only to expose it's multicolored exfoliating bark of contrasting shades of gray and brown.
Honestly, who has a favorite tree?