I grew up never realizing trees flowered. I’m still learning much about them. This is the time of year to enjoy seeing and learning. As my biologist friend Bernd Heinrich says, “The trees are having sex!”
The Boxelder Maple (Acer negundo) is a native tree throughout much of the country where it is also often considered a “weed tree.” These are the flowers and the beginnings of the leaves. The seeds, typical maple “helicopters,” will follow soon.