Today we look at two more of the Spring Trees popping open here at Kates Cabin. I really love fruit trees and most in my yard open in early Spring. Some of the pears have begun their bloom. The second fruit tree to open is the Apple tree shown in today's photo post. Bloom times vary according to location of trees. The trees starting to bloom here in South Texas are adapted to the warmer weather patterns. The second featured tree is the Eastern Redbud, which is found all over Eastern North America. The flowers pop out before the leaves on both trees seen below. Enjoy!
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The apple tree (Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivatedworldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.
Apple trees are large if grown from seed, but small if grafted onto roots (rootstock). There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including cooking, eating raw and cider production. Apples are generally propagated by grafting, although wild apples grow readily from seed. Trees and fruit are prone to a number of fungal, bacterial and pest problems, which can be controlled by a number of organic and non-organic means. In 2010, the fruit's genome was decoded as part of research on disease control and selective breeding in apple production.
About 69 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2010, and China produced almost half of this total. The United States is the second-leading producer, with more than 6% of world production. Turkey is third, followed by Italy, India and Poland. Apples are often eaten raw, but can also be found in many prepared foods (especially desserts) and drinks. Many beneficial health effects are thought to result from eating apples; however, two forms of allergies are seen to various proteins found in the fruit.
|A regular apple|
Red Bud Tree
Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree, native to eastern North America from Southern Ontario, Canada south to northern Florida but can thrive as far west as California.
|Eastern redbud near Cincinnati, OH.|
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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See you next time!
First Peach Tree Buds