I am indebted to the lovely Jane from Jane’s Mudgee Garden for the title of this post.   ‘Cauliflorescence’ describes the phenomenon of a flower producing blossoms directly from the tree’s trunk, which is what the Judas Tree is known for.

Do you want to see it?

Here it is closer up.  The flowers are pea-like, but if I want to be a bit less botanical, I can’t help seeing a kitsch sort of bunny-head with two ears and open mouth.

Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree)

The apple is also looking splendid.


Apple blossom

The pear blossom was all too fleeting, but the cherries are still dazzling.


And here is the crab-apple, with its working title of Malus ‘Royalty’:


Here’s the walnut, with its ever-elongating pineapples:


And, new for this week, Tilia x europaea (lime) and Acer drummondii, their new leaves looking all vulnerable and translucent, like a newborn baby’s fingernails:

Which is your favourite?  Does the Judas Tree do it for you?  Or is there another spring-flowering beauty that you prefer?  Do you have any opinions on whether my Malus is ‘Royalty’ or an interloper? Do you have a favourite botanical term to rival ‘cauliflorescence’?

If you want to catch up, here are the last three weeks’ posts on tree buds, here they are, going back in time: The Ugly Duckling Becomes a Beautiful SwanThe Dawn Chorus and Bursting Buds and Early Birds.  I think next week will complete the series.  I’m hoping the quince and lilacs will be in flower for then.  Stay tuned to see just how ponderous those walnut flowers get!  I know how to end on a cliff-hanger, don’t I?

32 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great word!😊

    Terrific pics too. 💕

    1. Ali says:

      It is! Try dropping into casual conversation, though.

      1. I like a challenge😉😄

  2. pommepal says:

    I love your descriptions. The newborn babies finger nails do it for me. 😊

    1. Ali says:

      I am glad you enjoyed that. I thought I might be being fanciful!

      1. pommepal says:

        Makes good reading with a smile on my face

  3. Stevie says:

    Does fosythia do caulflorescence? And presumably, cacoa, too, since the pods grow directly off the trunk.

    1. Ali says:

      I think they might, Stevie. This could become a game!

  4. Stevie says:

    BTW, I think the red crab-apple might be prairie fire.

    1. Ali says:

      And how did you keep this from me?

  5. allotmentmum says:

    beauties! Does the sun always shine where you are?

    1. Ali says:

      We are remarkably lucky with the sun in our part of the world, but sshh! Let’s keep it between ourselves.

  6. Heyjude says:

    I am very impressed with your tree knowledge. Love the cauliflorescence word and that you have managed to use it. And your malus is such a gorgeous deep red. Blackthorn flowers before the leaves and looks very impressive en masse.

    1. Ali says:

      Blackthorn is wonderful, isn’t it? I love the contrast between the evil stems and fairy fluff.

  7. Rupali says:

    So good to see sunshine on a grey day! Thanks for sharing!

  8. bcparkison says:

    Can’t wait for the grand finally Love the crab-apple.

    1. Ali says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. X

  9. Emma Cownie says:

    Blossom is so lovely I can see why the Japanese have a whole festival dedicated to it.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, it would make a good trip to see it, wouldn’t it?

  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I am very partial to the cercis: its flowers are so pinkly pink especially against that blue sky you’re enjoying. It is said that Judas hanged himself on the Judas tree, hence the name. Do you find it very slow growing? I had one in my previous garden and it was glacially slow. Thanks for the mention btw.

    1. Ali says:

      Now you say so, yes, I think it must be very slow-growing because it must have been there for getting on for 18 years if it was planted at the same time as the other trees and shrubs, and is about 7’ tall with lots of slim stems. Like everything in our garden, planted too close to its neighbouring tree. I’m hoping to get a positive id on that when it flowers in a couple of weeks.
      You are welcome to the mention! I’m trying to come up with an equally magnificent botanical name to bestow upon you!

  11. I have never seen a walnut tree flower before, but it quite something. When I first saw your photo of a Judas tree, I thought it looked an awful lot like the redbud trees here. It turns out the Judas tree and the Eastern redbud share a genus, so it makes sense. Thank you for teaching me a new vocabulary word–cauliflorescence!

    1. Ali says:

      Walnut tree flowers (and the leaves) are stunning, aren’t they? Yes, I’d never heard of a redbud before.

  12. Eliza Waters says:

    I think Malus are my favorite – that scent, oh my!

    1. Ali says:

      I will go and sniff some now…

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