What is blooming in April 2012, trees and shrubs

Month of April in Bay Area is one of the prettiest  when it comes to blooming. There are a lot of early spring blooming plants that continue to bloom but new ones are starting to show off. The flowers of the month of cause are roses. They are stealing the show: small, big, climbing, shribs – variety of colors and shades.

Yes, no question that roses are great, but there are other plants that are blooming in April that deserve to look at. Let’s begin with trees. Dogwoods (Eastern Dogwoods – Cornus Florida) and many of the native to California species) happy to showcase their stunning spring blooms (especially after chilly winter).

Dogwood tree, flowers

Dogwood, flowers

Purple Robe Locust (Robinia “Purple Robe”) – is a very handsome magenta flowering tree. Almost always looks good, as it can fix it’s own nitrogen in root nodes, grow in any soil (clay included) and can go by with no or little supplemental water. What not to like about it? It has very hard wood, may produce numerous suckers that hard to eliminate and last but not least – all part of this tree are poisonous if ingested. 

Purple Robe Locust / Robinia “Purple Robe”

Purple Robe Locust

 

Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) continues its’ bloom. See the fruits and the pretty flowers on its’ branches.

Starwberry tree, flowers

Strawberry tree flowers

 

And look at this bark – beautiful!

Strawberry tree, bark and trunk / Arbutus unedo

Strawberry tree, bark and trunk

Ornamental flowering cherries continue their show. Look at this Yoshino cherry

Yoshino cherry tree

Yoshino cherry tree

 

Yoshino cherry flowers

Yoshino cherry flowers

 

Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) is blooming too. Yes those are flowers very inconspicuous, but wait until fall when this tree foliage will turn the most beautiful shades of red.

Chinese pistache tree blooming

Chinese pistache tree blooming

 

Mock orange (Philadelphus x virginalis) is blooming. It’s sriking beautiful white flowers are very fragrant.

Mock orange / Philadelphus x virginalis

Mock Orange flowers

 

Escallonia that wasn’t drustically trimmed stared to show its’ pretty pink flowers.

Escallonia flowers

Escallonia flowers

Look at this Pittosporum Tobira blossoms, they have nice orange smell. This is an excellent shrub for hedge or screen.

Pittosporum tobira

Pittosporum tobira blooming

Another variety, variegated – leaves are more pale green color and the edges are “painted with cream color”

Pittosporum tobira variegated

Pittosporum tobira variegated

 

Red Tip Photinia adorned not only with bright red new grows but with full clusters of white/pinkish flowers as well.

Red tip photinia flowers

Red tip photinia flowers

 

Red tip photinia hedge

Red tip photinia hedge

 

Azaleas this spring blooming second to none – after few last rains and weather warming up they are just flooded with flowers.

Azalea

Rhododendrons are just starting their spring bloom.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Sweet broom shrub is adorned with sunny yellow flowers

Sweet broom

Sweet broom

 

Dwarf New Zealand Tea Tree

Dwarf New Zealand Tea Tree

 

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