When we planted it many years ago, it was a sad little twiggy thing that needed to be protected in the winter.
Over the years it grew big and strong, and entertained us with it’s beautiful pink and white flowers, and it’s funny little leaves that close up at night. We’re pretty fond of the tree.
Over the years it has also insisted on leaning TOWARDS the house, which is odd, because that means it’s leaning AWAY from the sun, and I would expect it to do just the opposite. But it has been growing up over our sunporch walkway, shading it and causing moss to grow there, dropping leaves on the roof, and leaning on the gutters. We hate to intervene, but it was time.