Nature notes and photos from BC, Canada, mostly in the Lower Fraser Valley, Bella Coola, and Vancouver Island.
Forsithia and quince , along with pussywillow were my Mothers Springtime charmers
Green bark like a maple, but looks a little too knobbly, with all those buds.Is it a native tree?
Upupaepops, Quince! I used to have one of those in my front yard some 20-odd years ago. I'd forgotten about them. Beautiful flowers!Towhee, I really don't know. It's in a park along the waterfront, so it could be an import. I'll go back in a few days to see if it's sprouted leaves or flowers; then we should be able to identify it.
Can't be a maple, as it's alternate leaved. Out here on the east coast, pretty much anything with clustered buds like that is an oak, but I don't know your western trees at all.
I spotted a flowering cherry yesterday with buds just like these and thought of you.
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