Apr 28 2014

The Trees Take On Color

Published by at 7:15 am under Phenology,Trees

Redbuds in bud, 18 April 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)

Last week Pittsburgh’s trees took on color and shape after a long brown winter.

A week ago the redbud trees had closed pink buds that made their branches look magenta from a distance.

Now the flowers are open and the trees are lighter pink.
Redbud flowers open, late April 2013 (photo by Kate St.John)

 

Meanwhile the hillsides have changed from uniform winter brown to individual, spring-green trees as seen from Downtown on Saturday.
Spring green trees in Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh (photo by Kate St. John)

 

The earliest colors are usually pale green flowers.

If you haven’t been paying attention, your nose knows the trees are blooming.  Welcome to pollen season.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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  1. Marieon 05 May 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love the closeups of the redbuds-And Amen to the pollen season arrival…

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