Those Purple Trees Blooming in Shenandoah

It’s that beautiful time of year when purple trees and shrubs have their reign.

Our home and the majority of the property is edged with lilacs. I’m not sure which species of Syringa we have, and from what I understand, it’s rather hard to name them from pictures. Most of the bushes have purple flowers, but two of the tree-size lilacs have light green buds, so they may be white or pink flowers. The lilacs a little lower in the valley are beautiful and fragrant. Ours are about 1/3 of the way into bloom, and I believe next weekend you’ll smell their sweet scent from every corner of our farm.

The other purple? Eastern Redbuds are about two weeks into their spectacular spring show. Up close the flowers are actually a very dark pink, thus the “redbud” name. I’m sorry to say we appear to be one of the few homesteads in the Shenandoah Valley that doesn’t have a redbud, but that just means I can add one to my list of plants I plan to add.

Are there any other purple trees blooming in the area?

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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