Mystery plant 024

This tree can be found throughout the eastern and central portions of North America.  Most people notice it in the spring.  However, the twigs and bud structure are also striking which makes it easy to identify in the winter season.  When you know what the plant is, please post both the common and scientific names in a comment.  Also share any personal story you may have with this tree.




Flower bud during winter


Leaves emerging from leaf bud in spring


One flower blooming in center




Tree blooming in spring


Leaves in summer


Leaves, berries and buds in early fall


Flower bud and berries in fall season


Leaves with fall coloration


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida).

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2 Responses to Mystery plant 024

  1. Loretta says:

    it is a flowering dogwood

    • Angelyn says:

      Yes, Loretta, this is Flowering dogwood. Its scientific name is Cornus florida. I love this tree when it is covered in showy white blossoms in early spring. It’s especially beautiful when I see it along roadsides — mingled with Redbud (Cercis canadensis) — in the barren woods.

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