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A closer look at a blossoming redbud tree

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You recently got a look at a redbud tree, Cercis canadensis, that was doing a good job of blossoming on February 13. Two days later, across the street from the flowering huisache tree that you also recently saw, I found a graceful redbud doing its thing on the prairie. This pastel view, closer than the last one, gives you a better look at the way blossoms and branches typically work together in this species.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 26, 2013 at 6:19 AM

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  1. Beautiful! The pink blossoms look really lovely against the blue sky.


    February 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

  2. A few years ago, we were travelling from Canada to the San Francisco Bay Area. This was in April. When we got to the area surrounding Mount Shasta, there were a lot of Cercis occidentalis (western redbud) trees in full bloom. What a sight that was, against the austere background of the mountains.


    February 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

  3. This is in Austin? It’s gorgeous – I want to find it! Haha thanks for sharing!

    – Jonathan I http://styleoverstress.wordpress.com


    February 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    • Yes, it’s on the east side of Rain Creek Parkway, shortly before the northern end of the road T’s into Fireoak Drive. This was how it looked yesterday morning, but the strong winds we had all afternoon and through last night may have blown many of the blossoms away. On the other hand, a huisache tree that I stopped at this morning still had all its flowers, so who knows?

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    • Oops, I gave you directions to the redbud that appeared in the follow-up post. This one was near the intersection of Northtown Blvd. and The Lakes Blvd. on the prairie in northeast Austin. There are many around town, and there must be some close to the university, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

  4. […] guess the redbud trees in Austin are near the ones at Mt. Shasta if you’re looking from the […]

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