Friday, May 2, 2008

Flowering Tree

I don't know the name of this flowering tree but it stands about 10 feet tall and is covered with these white palm sized blooms. It doesn't have any fragrance -- not that I could detect it. But I love the unusual green and white colors together.

Lately, I have been noticing (i.e. taking more than just a glance at) trees. I found that I love dwarf Japanese maples and fragrant peony shrubs. So do you have a favorite tree or plant?

19 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Ming - it's a dogwood!
There are also pink ones.
Some years ago there was an awful blight that killed lots of them.
I think I missed the numbers day but will do some tomorrow.

USelaine said...

Yes, our dogwoods are opening about now too. Those green nubs in the center are the actual flowers. The white petal-looking things are the bracts, not petals. I just planted a dogwood in my garden this year.

alice said...

Are dogwoods a sort of magnolia? Beautiful flower!

Paz said...

Beautiful.

Paz

Abraham Lincoln said...

To answer your question, Ming, flowers and trees and birds and like people. All different. All speak languages and all smell differently.

This picture is of a flower just bursting with life.

crittoria said...

What a gorgeous flower! I don't have any favorites - I just love them all...

D.C. Confidential said...

I see a few folks have answered your question about what type of tree this is. This particular variety is called Cornus florida and is found all over the eastern and central U.S. It's the official state tree of Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Just Roaming The Cities said...

I thought it looked a bit like a magnolia since I saw my first magnolia yesterday. But that one smelled incredible. But this is a beautiful photo!

missy said...

Just beautiful! It seems that everything has come into bloom really quickly! well it has here anyway

So its May and you know what gets released this month. Yes SATC Movie baby!
I'm sure the premier must be in New York, you must try and get pics! Hope you are well, missy x

Chuck Pefley said...

Nature is kind to us, giving wonderful and beautiful opportunities for sight and scent, and sometimes sound. Lovely dogwood blossom!

DeeDee said...

Hi Ming...they are white dogwood..in the south we have them pink as well..just beautiful...Your photo has captured the bloom in all it's glory...Happy Friday

GMG said...

Hi Ming! Nice pictures this week.
Lovely flowers! Have you already posted that half number door?
The new lawn at Bryant looks gorgeous!
I'm exploring a new country at Blogtrotter. Enjoy!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Rambling Round said...

Yes, dogwood! Beautiful flower, beautiful photo.

• Eliane • said...

Nature is so wonderful this time of year. Peonies are terrific as cut flowers: they last so long!!

Ming the Merciless said...

Thanks, everyone for IDing the tree.

I actually saw a pink dogwood on my way home today.

citygirl15 said...

I love lilacs and unfortunately they have a very short season. Lilacs bloom late April and early May, just around the time of my birthday, May 2nd.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Very nice flower!

Knoxville Girl said...

Good closeup shot. Our dogwoods are already done for the season. We have a whole festival built around them in April, and the dogwood trails through the neighborhoods are quite beautiful.

Monika N. said...

I love 'em all.

Beautiful shot! I love the dogwood.