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Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) in north-central Austin yesterday.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 14, 2018 at 4:40 AM

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  1. I am going to look at this all day instead of what is really outside my window! Thank you my friend :).


    March 14, 2018 at 5:57 AM

  2. Wow! I’ve never see a redbud so full of blossoms. The ones here in northern VA are pretty leggy, and the blooms are sparse. I love to see flowers along the limbs. Flowers used to arrive before other trees bloomed, but now they appear along with dogwood, etc. I loved to see them in the woods in bloom with all around them mostly not leafed out. Lovely photo!

    Dianne Lethcoe

    March 14, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    • I looked back at all the pictures I’ve shown of redbud trees blossoming. I’d say that until now the best was the one from 2014:


      Today’s picture has surpassed it. Some of the flowering redbuds here are “leggy,” to use your word. Others are dense with blossoms, but the photographic challenge is to find one without distracting things like power lines and houses in the background, given that the majority of these trees that I see have been planted in people’s yards. Even then, sometimes I can find an angle and a degree of zooming that excludes unwanted things. That was the case with this post’s photograph, and that’s why you don’t see the whole tree.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2018 at 9:40 AM

  3. Wow, spectacular. I agree with Dianne, the redbuds in the NE are beautiful, but never this chockablock with blossoms. We just got a fresh 14″ of snowfall.

    Robert Parker

    March 14, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    • Okay: two wows in a row. Not such a wow for your third storm up there in two weeks. On the other hand, it’s only mid-March, so snow isn’t unusual in the Northeast at this time of year. In New York City in 1970 (or maybe ’71) we had snow on Easter Sunday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM

      • This year, maybe Boston will have a blizzard for Patriot’s Day. The Paul Revere reenactor will have to put snow tires on his horse.

        Robert Parker

        March 14, 2018 at 10:12 AM

        • I see that “Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April.” I’d say “Happy snow” but I know people there wish the snow would up and go.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 14, 2018 at 10:18 AM

  4. I’ve never seen such a collection of blooms. This one’s an overachiever, or at least a high achiever.


    March 14, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    • After you left your comment I replied to Dianne’s earlier one by giving a link to the most blossomy redbud I’d previously shown, which this latest one outdid. One advantage of a diminutive tree is that its blooms have a chance to stay concentrated in a smallish space, the better for a photographer to record them. Even so, I’ll agree with you that “this one’s an overachiever.” I’d headed to a neighborhood where I know from previous years that lots of people have planted redbuds, believing that I’d find some worthy ones to photograph. I wasn’t disappointed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2018 at 9:55 AM

  5. Oh boy, what a sight! I can’t wait for mine to bloom.


    March 14, 2018 at 10:09 AM

  6. That’s quite an explosion of colour!


    March 14, 2018 at 10:17 AM

  7. Ours aren’t too far off from blooming. That is one outstanding specimen you photographed!


    March 14, 2018 at 10:19 AM

  8. A visual treat, Steve! 🌿🌷


    March 14, 2018 at 10:58 AM

  9. What a beautiful burst of color! I’m getting anxious for spring to develop here.


    March 14, 2018 at 11:43 AM

  10. What a beautiful example of redbud, Steve! It will be a while before ours blooms here.

    Lavinia Ross

    March 14, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    • It’s good to hear that you have them in the Northwest. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given that the species name is canadense.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2018 at 10:14 PM

  11. Gorgeous splash of color!!


    March 14, 2018 at 8:26 PM

  12. Spring has been decidedly undecided here. It warmed up, my fruit trees popped all their blooms, and now this week we are in the 20s again. Tomorrow will be 30 to start and then 60 for a high. Fickle!


    March 14, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    • Speaking of fickle, how about if I’d told you how much I loved your redbud before I posted my previous comment? It really is quite lovely!


      March 14, 2018 at 9:47 PM

      • Reverse order’s fine with me. Yes, this was an excellent redbud, with the densest blossoms I’ve ever shown here.

        Steve Schwartzman

        March 14, 2018 at 10:16 PM

    • What you describe has happened in Austin in some years, too: plants and trees begin to bloom, and then a frost makes them do it all over again, or in some cases not at all till the following year. Austin has gotten off to a late start this year, which means it’s unlikely there’ll be a freeze to stop things now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 14, 2018 at 10:18 PM

  13. Wow, Steve, that is fabulous!


    March 15, 2018 at 12:22 PM

  14. Very nice! Love the color and the leaves give an interesting texture!

    Reed Andariese

    March 15, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    • Thanks. That color sure is something, no question. Fortunately only a few leaves had come out: more would have blocked the blossoms.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 15, 2018 at 9:19 PM

  15. Hey! Is there a difference between the Eastern redbud and the Oklahoma redbud, the state tree of Oklahoma!?!?


    March 15, 2018 at 11:48 PM

      • Thank you. I am not sure if anyone knows; like the yucca flower of New Mexico. No one knows what species it is.


        March 16, 2018 at 11:27 PM

        • I haven’t heard of that. Do you have a link to an article about it?

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 17, 2018 at 6:27 AM

          • No. I wrote an article about why the coastal redwood is the state tree of California rather than the giant redwood, and while trying to find other information about it, came to the realization than some other state trees and state flowers were just as vague. I happen to notice the yucca flower of New Mexico because I really like yuccas, but could not determine which species of yucca was ‘the’ correct yucca for New Mexico. Incidentally, ‘both’ the coastal and giant redwoods are now the state trees of California. California is the only state with two state trees.


            March 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM

            • Other states have done likewise in other categories. When Texas legislators chose the bluebonnet as the state wildflower, they included all five species that occur here. After you mentioned yucca in New Mexico, I turned up the article at


              which says: “The yucca flower was selected by the schoolchildren of New Mexico and was recommended by the New Mexico Federation of Women’s Clubs. The legislation does not specify a particular species of yucca (yucca consists of 40-50 species of perennials, shrubs, and trees native to the hot and dry parts of North America, Central America, and the West Indies).”

              Steve Schwartzman

              March 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM

  16. Wonderful colour! In Germany the nature is still waiting…


    March 16, 2018 at 3:37 AM

  17. Aaaaah, this does my heart good. I’ll be in Texas the first 2 weeks of April — hope the bluebonnets are still out. They’re my all-time favorite.

    Jenny Meadows

    March 16, 2018 at 4:34 AM

    • Happy heart to you. Spring has been on the late side this year. I’ve seen bluebonnet colonies flowering in several places the last few days but I think the best display of them lies ahead unless this proves a bad year for them overall. I hope some will still be around when you visit. If you’re going to be in Austin, let me know a bit ahead and we may be able to get together.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

  18. I haven’t seen redbud trees in years, much less when in bloom! Thanks for another nudge down memory lane! Those redbuds are lovely one day and then – much like wisteria – they are monochromatic. I remember that the redbuds often dropped bits of pieces of dead limbs – it was always an extra task to pick up limbs before mowing!

    • Glad to have brought back those memories, even if it sounds like you risked life and limb. I hope you’ll be home for an American spring one of these years.

      Redbuds in Austin are something I look forward to every spring. Their blossoms have begun fading now, though a few of the smaller trees I’ve seen, which may have flowered later, still look good.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 26, 2018 at 8:34 AM

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