March 3. One tree had bloomed before the Serviceberry tree. The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) had bloomed. I’d seen the blooms, but they were high up, and in the shade. No way to hook them and bring them down for a close-up shot. But the clusters of samaras – their seeds – were a different matter.
They were a bright red and, at the right time of day, were caught in the sunlight.
Although there are several Red Maples along this trail, this tree put on the best show this year.
- Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Acer rubrum
- USDA Plant Database: Acer rubrum (Red Maple)