A couple of the Sweetest Trees in Town

Japanese Maples this time of year are phenomenal. The one above is from Columbia Heights. And thanks to Karen for sending in the incredible shot (below). I have no idea what type of tree it is but they way those flowers are growing is incredible.

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  • Looks like a redbud

  • Agree – looks like a redbud forest pansy. Beautiful trees.

  • It is growing near the Senate office buildings by the Capitol. I will check to see if the tree has a tag and repost!

  • Absolutely a redbud — the flowers bud, then open, all along the branch, before any leaves appear. They’re even natives!


  • ah

    The redbuds seem to be looking particularly good this year. Maybe it’s because they’re budding early so they’re easier to see.

  • Fun fact: Redbud flowers are edible. You can eat them right off the tree and they taste a little like peas.

  • I saw some of those rosebuds in rock creek and was kind of freaked out because I had never seen anything like it. nice to know what they are now!

  • There are a few on California Street on the northwest side of Conn. Ave. as well. Really cool to see up close.

  • It has been an incredible year for redbuds. They are bursting out all over in Alexandria. And they are natives, unlike crappy Bradford pears, gingkos, other invasives. Just wonderful trees.

  • We first started noticing the redbuds last year, which also seemed to be a great year for them. They keep their flowers for a long time and they’re really gorgeous on a a sunny day.

  • You know you can eat the little redbuds just before they open. Cook them with butter. They taste like nuts.

  • whoa, whoa, whoa… Ginkgo’s are not an invasive species, nor are they crappy trees unless you use the wrong kind. Unfortunately, when DC installed them, there was no way of deciphering whether they were males or females. Nowadays, we use male clones, eliminating the fruit problem. They are amazing trees with an amazing history. I would never put them in the same category as a Bradford Pear. Redbuds are great, though common. They have “spur” branching; branches that literally grow a couple millimeters a year. The branches and spurs produce terminal buds as well as axillary buds (along the stems). This is why the tree is often covered in flowers.

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