|Redbuds are budding out.|
|Buckeye bud in early spring|
|Buckeye buds opening|
|Buckeye leaves open|
Some other early spring buds are colorful as well, competing with the ephemeral spring wildflowers for attention. The redbuds at the top are tiny but certainly the brightest of the crop. Spicebush buds are a bright yellow-green, dainty but announcing the spicy smell that awaits anyone who scratches the fragile skin of the stem.
|Box elder buds maturing|
|Early box elder buds|
The newest branches of the box elder are bright green, more showy than the fuzzy green buds which open into dark red leaf clusters, preparing the opposite branched stems to follow.
Now is the time to enjoy the buds. Like a newborn in a bassinet, they will come out wrinkled for a day but then will stretch out and grow.