What are those beautiful trees?

mygarden_my_peace(7b AL)March 21, 2006

I see them growing all over the place, they have purple flowers on them and they are so pretty. What are they?

Thanks in advance for your help.


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I would guess that you are talking about the Magnolia soulangiana, or tulip magnolia. Would be in full bloom in your area, nearly past.

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    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 8:41AM
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Or Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud. They were blooming all along the interstate on my drive to Atlanta this past weekend.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 8:50AM
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If the flowers look like this, they are Eastern Redbud which are drought tolerant natives.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 9:59AM
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mygarden_my_peace(7b AL)

YES that's them. They are so pretty. Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 8:06PM
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Welcome, My_Garden_my_Peace. From your question, may I infer that (as we say in the vernacular) "Y'all ain't from 'round here, are ya?" Where is home for you?


    Bookmark   March 22, 2006 at 1:20PM
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joyb26(7b AL)

OK, if those are redbuds, then what are the dark pink trees that were blooming three weeks ago before/with the forsythia that I THOUGHT were redbuds? There was a cluster of them off I-65 around Hueytown. I would really like to get one, but I would have bought the wrong tree!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 8:28AM
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Maple trees bloom very early and are similar to redbuds because the flowers are so small.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 10:04AM
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species of prunus (cherries, plums, apricots, etc.) bloomed earlier so maybe one of those. there is a planting of 3 flowering apricot along a major road in auburn that have pink and red flowers on the same tree that always catches my eye when i am travelling that road. they were beautiful a couple of weeks ago.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 12:21PM
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Maybe a flowering crabapple tree? Mine bloomed and were just loaded with flowers - deep pink/cranberry colored.
I have so much in bloom and coming up, I hope the winds push the freeze to Canada!! :O)

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 1:59PM
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joyb26(7b AL)

Jeff, the trees I saw looked very similar to those. Thanks for the help! Any suggestions on which varieties bloom so early? That late in the winter, even a week earlier blooming makes a big difference.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 12:53PM
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