We are starved for color in winter and early spring in the northern Great Plains. Husband and I have been fortunate in our travels since April to be in places when the flowering trees and shrubs are at their peak. We were in Brookings, SD last weekend and the flowering crabs, plums, and apple trees were beautiful. In Santa Fe we saw blooming fruit trees of all types. I was amazed, though, when we were in Los Angeles and I saw blooming Jacaranda trees for the first time.
I have never seen trees that shape and size with blue/purple flowers. I have no idea what they look like with their leaves. It is said to be good luck if the flowers fall on your head. The seeds and sap are said to be quite poisonous, though. They are found mainly in tropical climates, but have survived to winter temperatures as low 19 degrees Fahrenheit. I don’t think they would winter over very well up here.
What are your favorite and least favorite trees and shrubs?