Redbud is starting to show color around the cabin this week. It’s still several days from its peak show of color, but I couldn’t wait until then before taking my first photos of it this year.
I find redbud to be kind of a contradiction. It’s a beautiful tree when it’s in bloom but is something of an eyesore when it’s not, which is approximately 51 weeks out of the year. In fact when it’s not in bloom, it’s often mistaken for something that needs to be removed or thinned out. It doesn’t have a distinctive trunk or even an attractive shape or even much of a standard shape at all. It loves to grow in places where other things don’t like to grow, like between these rocks, or it grows where the other things that grow around it are brambles and other undesirables.
Perhaps because redbud shows its color at roughly the same time that dogwood trees bloom, many people think the purple color of the "red" bud is also a flower. It’s not. It’s really the leaf bud that will simply grow into leaves.
I also find redbud difficult to photograph. It’s easy enough to get a close up of the buds, but when you pull back and try to show the entire tree, the color blends in with the scrubbiness of its surroundings and isn’t nearly as striking. Or so I find it. Perhaps in another few days when the buds are a bit larger and more of the trees are coloring along my lane, the effect will be more striking.