Black locust bloom

black locust sapling
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Look around the interstates right now, and the white trees you see are black. Black locust. There may be dogwood lingering, and I hope there is, but the two can’t be confused. Locust blooms are not little white plates stretched on graceful branches in the understory: rather, they are white bunches of grapes drooped from scraggly canopy. And they smell divine. Continue reading “Black locust bloom”

Red maple from flower to fruit

Red maples are on my radar this year. Not Japanese red maples, which, believe it or not, seed themselves into invasive status in some areas of the U.S., but the native kind, the kind with leaves that don’t go fully red till fall color kicks in. Acer rubrum. Our red maples have red buds, red flowers, and reddish seeds, too.

They’ve given me a lovely example of From Flower to Fruit.

On March 4, I posted a picture of a cluster of female flowers:

red maple flowers
female Acer rubrum flowers

Red maples can have all male flowers on a tree, all female, or a mix. Nature is never dull. Continue reading “Red maple from flower to fruit”