Can you identify these flowering trees?

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    Mar 24, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    purpleflower2

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    If you need better pictures, please let me know. I can get better ones tomorrow.

    Thanks.

    Is the first one Western Redbud? What is the second one?
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    The first one looks like it could be a type of Redbud. The flowers on them bud and then flower along the branches prior to the leaves coming out. Mine is more pinkish in color.. or it was but it died last summer. Here's a pic of it you can barely see the buds along the branches

    Not sure on the 2nd one

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    Mar 24, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    It looked like this in bloom
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    I don't think the first one's a redbud... the base of the tree looks like it divides early and the bark is smooth. Do small green stalks come out of the flowers when it's in full bloom and does it smell awesome when that happens? If so, you're SOL because I don't remember the name of it.
    It might be an eastern redbud.

    Second looks sort of like a hydrangea, but I need to see more of it.

    Here's a crappy picture of one:
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Highly doubt the second being a hydrangea.
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    Isn't that interesting..the leaf reminds me of some kinds of smaller rhododendron, but it's a tree.

    (OK maybe our are smaller because of our tropical climate, lol)


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    Mar 24, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    In the first pics forefront you can see the little flower stalks emerging straight out of the branch.. so I'd think it is a redbud
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    a bigger picture from farther back might help on the 2nd one
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    The second picture looks more like a laurel. The flower does not look like a rhododendron.
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    The first image is an Eastern Redbud. (Cercis canadensis)

    Edit: Given that you live in Texas, It's more likely a Western Redbud. (Cercis occidentalis) The two are very similar, except the Western Redbud tolerates more sun and has glossy (waxy) leaves.

    The second one is nothing close to a rhododendron. At first, I thought it looked like a cultivar or variety of Wisteria; however, I believe it is most likely a laurel.
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    The first is def. a redbud, the second looks like a rhododendron.
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:51 AM GMT
    ^ ding ding! Never analyze a plant by it's blooms, always look at he leaf variegations!
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    texas mountain laurel
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    The pea shaped flowers of both trees suggest leguminous trees or shrubs.

    The first,is one of the Cercis species. Without out seeing the actual tree it would be difficult to say which of six species or further which variety.
    The most common Cercis are: C. canadensis (Eastern redbud)
    C. occidentalis (California redbud or Western
    redbud)
    C. siliquastrum (Judas tree)


    The second, is a little more problematic. The picture makes it more difficult to identify, but the leaf shape and structure suggest it is Robinia x slavinii (R. hispida var. kelseyi x R. pseudoacacia) syn R x margarita. Robinias are commonly known as locust trees. This particular variety of locust
    is of garden origin, never having existed in the wild. The color of the flowers would suggest it is a named cultivar called "Pink Cascade".

    It could also be Sophora Secundiflora (Texas Mtn Laurel or Mescal bean).
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    Mar 24, 2011 7:47 AM GMT
    That's sorta like the cherry maple tree but they mostly grow all over canada, I don't think you have maple trees down south

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    Mar 25, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone. Nice job.

    Various people around campus told me:

    The top tree was a Texas redbud

    The second is indeed Texas Mountain Laurel. It gives off a really nice fragrance, similar to grape bubble gum.

    The difficult-to-navigate USDA site along with Texas native plant website and wildflower.org confirm this.

    Western redbud and TX redbud are from the same genus.
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    Mar 25, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    I settle for purple one and lavender one, but itis nice to know the real names. This time of year things get pretty colorful and I just like it.
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    The first one is most likely a Cercis occidentalis clone. If you have a closeup of the bloom you should see the petal becoming lighter as it descends to the bud base. The eastern redbud is not as red in color, but closer to a lavender.

    The second I think is a Ceanothus or California lilac. There are many varieties of the Ceanothus
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    I couldn't identify a rose bush
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    Metamorphosis saidThat's sorta like the cherry maple tree but they mostly grow all over canada, I don't think you have maple trees down south

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    HAHA....we do have maple trees down south. That looks somewhat like a Yoshino Cherry Tree (the tree's that Japan donated to Washington, D.C. which now heralds the Cherry Blossom Festival because of this.)

  • Mar 25, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidIt looked like this in bloom
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    a Sakura tree?