Huisache is early this year
February 14 is the earliest in Austin that I think I’ve ever seen flowers on a huisache* tree, Acacia farnesiana, but that’s the day when I found my first one blossoming this year. As an added benefit, it was also the closest tree of this species that I know of, just half a mile from where I live.
An individual huisache flower globe, which reaches about 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) in diameter, is already fragrant, but the aroma of these flowers en masse, especially downwind of them, can be overwhelming.
* This is a Spanish version of an Aztec word. The pronunciation is approximately wee-sáh-cheh.
© 2013 Steven Schwartzman