Jacarandas

Believe it or not, some people don’t like jacaranda trees. The problem with the jacaranda, they claim, is that its flowers stain sidewalks, stick to your shoes and leave marks on linoleum floor...

When Passover Arrives, Acacias Bloom

It’s almost Passover and, in Jerusalem, the acacias are in bloom. Nearly a year after Moses led the Jewish people out of Egypt during the first Passover, acacia wood would play a prominent role in a ...

Redbuds

Many people consider redbuds, although more pink than red, to be the most brilliant of all spring flowering trees. In full bloom, they appear as blinding flashes of magenta-pink against a background ...

Tulip Magnolias & Dutch Tulips

If you visit New York City at the beginning of spring, as I did last week, you will marvel at the clouds of blossoms in white and pink that cover the Japanese cherry trees (Prunus serrulata) and orna...

Redbuds

I recently returned from a visit to Jerusalem. While there, I could not help but notice that the most popular April flowering tree in that city is a close relative of western redbud (Cercis occidenta...

Tress Under 15 Feet Tall

Not long ago I received the following e-mail: “Could you recommend some umbrella-shaped trees or bushes that grow to be less than 15 feet and that I could use in my garden?” – Daria...

Trumpet Trees & Flowering Quinces

The unexpected April rain early this week was a pleasant surprise. Not only was the rain helpful in germinating seeds and evenly soaking the root systems of all garden plants, but the accompanying gr...

Yellow Flowers of Early Spring

SO MANY of the late-winter and early-spring blooming plants native to dry climates, like our own, have yellow flowers. One of the most captivating plants presently in bloom is the sea dahlia (Coreops...