Spring

Spring Highlight, 2015

March 19, 2015

Prunus species, Cherry Trees

When someone mentions cherry trees in the Washington, D.C. region, the popular ‘Yoshino’ cherry trees surrounding the nation’s capital tidal basin are the first to come to mind.

However, the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Arboretum, located just over the Potomac River, is another great option to enjoy seasonally blooming cherry trees.  Throughout the cemetery’s 624 acres, 417 cherry trees brighten overcast April days, bring May-time cheer and one species even delivers a second bloom in November.   


Spring Highlight, 2014

March 19, 2014

Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud

When you think of April in the Washington, D.C. area, you often think of the cherry trees surrounding the tidal basin. While an amazing sight to see, there are native, flowering trees, like the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) that also come alive during the month of April.

In early April, one just needs to drive through Arlington National Cemetery to see redbuds scattered throughout the cemetery, with the largest and oldest trees located in Sections 13 and 34. It's hard to miss the pink-purple flower buds bursting directly out of the stems and bark (as opposed to the tip of the stem); extremely uncommon in trees