I just got back from a very relaxing, much deserved, week-long trip to La Quinta (Palm Springs), California. Had an awesome time there. But I was amazed at the drastically different landscaping plants and trees there. One tree that really caught my attention was this tree (pictured below). It had sets of small leaves on it, similar to a Gingko Tree. But it's flowers were what made it stand out. It had huge clusters of bright purple flowers all over. The picture really doesn't do it justice. They are really gorgous trees. And I hear they only bloom this time of year. I am sure they must be common in Southern states and other parts of CA. Can someone ID it for me? .