Buds of Winter

Submitted January 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Winter is a time when trees and shrubs hunker down to save energy for spring. They prepare for spring by encasing their future leaves and flowers in tough, weatherproof scales known as buds.

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Limber Pine    Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

In the Fragrance Garden, this bud is protecting developing needles that will emerge when the season changes.

Apple Serviceberry    Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'

Inside of this bud, there are showy flowers patiently waiting for spring to arrive so they can reveal themselves.

Fairmount Maidenhair Tree    Ginkgo biloba 'Fairmount'

These buds will develop into this year's new leaves and branches.

Royal Star Magnolia    Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

This showy bud will open late winter to unveil its star-shaped flower.

Don't let the cold and snow deter you from visiting the Garden. It is a great time to learn to identify plants by their bud characteristics.
Photos by Heidi M. Simper

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