Since lots of people are showing spring pictures, we thought we would show some pretty trees in our backyard. These pictures were taken yesterday. This is an Oklahoma Redbud tree in our backyard. These trees were discovered in the Arbuckle mountains of Oklahoma, hence the name. It has pretty purple/pink flowers in the spring, then it has bright green heart shaped leaves during the summer. The leaves turn a deep purple in the fall before they fall off. There are also about 4 to 8 inch long seed pods that develop during the summer. They look like snowpeas.
This is an Aristocrat Pear. It is an ornamental pear and the fruit it develops is very small. Fruit eating birds love to eat these in the fall and then they make messes!! The Bradford Pear is a very popular tree planted in the Dallas area, and it is more round than the Aristocrat Pear which grows more upright. The Aristocrat Pear is more resistant to wind damage because of its upright growth. These ornamental pears bloom in the spring for a few weeks, then their blooms fall off and bright green 3 inch long leaves develop. These turn red in the fall.
And on a wonderful note, we received 1" of rain yesterday here at the Forty Paws!! Yeah! Yippee!!! Twirls, dance.