Cornus florida, a pink flowering dogwood, still bears the scars from a snowstorm in 2011 that broke off the center branches, leaving a gap in the middle, but it is slowly recovering. From some angles you can't tell.
The 'Forest Pansy' redbud that I wrote about recently is done flowering and is now opening its leaves in the shapes of tiny crimson hearts. This takes my breath away.
'Orange Dream' Japanese maple is turning from rich coppery orange to yellow and chartreuse, its summer colors. A lacy white Aronia 'Brilliantissima' photobombs the shot.
A longer view in cool evening light shows the pinky white aronia having fun next to the coppery 'Orange Dream' maple in the distance. A very new variegated white and green sweetgum is in the foreground, tied up because it wanted to lean over and I did not think that was acceptable.
A brand new Aesculus pavia, red buckeye, is spreading its floppy palmate leaves, and they are so crisply pleated, on such a little tree that I am amazed. The tree itself is just a stick of a sapling. But even at this young age, it has big red candle flowers opening.
A paperbark maple, Acer griseum, looks kind of stately as it leafs out in spring. I never thought it would happen -- this tree always looked like it had been assembled by a 7th grade shop class -- but this year it has outgrown that awkward stage and is truly party ready.
The red maple, Acer rubrum, that anchors the end of my "allee" (that is, a 25 foot walk along the side of the house) was deformed by storms a couple years ago, but is regaining its big rounded maple shape now.
Black gums, or tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) are very late to leaf out in spring. After waiting forever, they slowly and tantalizingly unfurl their greenery.
And finally. . . . finally, my sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum is just beginning to open its leaves. It took its time this spring, but has finally decided to join us. A real latecomer to the tree party in my garden.