Red maple from flower to fruit

Red maples are on my radar this year. Not Japanese red maples, which, believe it or not, seed themselves into invasive status in some areas of the U.S., but the native kind, the kind with leaves that don’t go fully red till fall color kicks in. Acer rubrum. Our red maples have red buds, red flowers, and reddish seeds, too.

They’ve given me a lovely example of From Flower to Fruit.

On March 4, I posted a picture of a cluster of female flowers:

red maple flowers
female Acer rubrum flowers

Red maples can have all male flowers on a tree, all female, or a mix. Nature is never dull. Continue reading “Red maple from flower to fruit”

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Bloodroots (are doin’ it for themselves)

bloodroot
anthers away

My Facebook feed is full of bloodroot right now. Sanguinaria canadensis. Bloodroot is the first big, splashy native ephemeral, and thus popular among macro-lensed flower nerds compelled to document signs of spring.
Ephemeral means it isn’t splashy for long, so I dashed to Warner Park Nature Center today to get my bloodroot fix. Continue reading “Bloodroots (are doin’ it for themselves)”