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Huisache is early this year

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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.

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* This is a Spanish version of an Aztec word. The pronunciation is approximately wee-sáh-cheh.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 20, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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