I appeal to the blogosphere. What is this tree? I came across pictures I took last year of this tree that blooms once a year outside my front door. This year, it is doing its burgeoning dance. Last Saturday, it was quiet, just a few hints of sprigs hiding in tight cocoon protection. Two days later, the cocoons had opened. And now, the tree is rioting.
Right about this time, the wind will pick up and shake the blooms loose. They will carpet the grass, sidewalk and any car in close proximity. We’ve got a couple of weeks of this glory and then only the green leaves will remain until fall.
Next up are the cotton trees, or whatever they’re called, that blow soft fuzzy white stuff. I have driven smack into one of these blizzards and it is startling. This will be my ninth year of magic.
Post Script: If you didn’t click to enlarge the photos – you’re missing a real treat – it is like have a fort inside a tree…. jes’ saying 🙂
P.P.S. – UPDATE: Everyone ~ Maureen Bernardy opines it is definitely an ornamental cherry tree – and I believe she is correct – it is a Kwanzan cherry tree and the good news is it loves sun and it is gorgeous in its various states all year long – even in winter because of the way the snow catches its silhouette I’m going to update the post with a winter photo as well as naming that tree. Thanks MB!