Slow to bud
I love the way trees and shrubs “get in line” in the spring, some blooming very early and other later. Here are two “late leafers.”
The male flowers of Butternut (Juglans cinerea) are just beginning to show on this branch. Unfortunately this marvelous species has been devastated by canker, a fungus, in most of Vermont and in many other areas of the country.
The flowers of the shrub Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) arrive in the fall or winter but the leaves are slow to bud and open in the spring.