unl area 15 oak groves - Redwoodtwig

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

triple bloom

triple bloom

The big mama oak is in full bloom while her children, behind the pine on the right, are just beginning to flower. The big oak gets more sun in the early morning and late evening than the children at this point. Below the oak is a redbud in bloom and below that a Russian olive is showing it will have lots of those tart berries later on.
Under the oak on the left, that thick green bush is asian honeysuckle, considered an enemy of the state by Missouri and a few other midwest states. It greens up early in the spring with dense shade killing most native species that might grow under the redbud, for example. The Russian Olive is also considered an exotic invasive and it will spread, but not anywhere near as rapidly or as voraciously light robbing as the honeysuckle.
This was one of those times I wish I had the Photoshop skill level to remove the telephone pole and wires.

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