Our native Big Leaf Maples, Acer macrophyllum, are currently covered with dangling flowers. Right now is one of my favorite times to view these giant native trees because the effect of all these flowers in the trees is stunning. The flower clusters are about 4 inches long and 1 inch thick and because the tree has not foliated yet, they pop out like bright yellow/green ornaments.
To observe these flowers up close, you need to look for a low lying branch, not always easy to find on these huge trees. The Park’s Free Weekend Walks for April through May will feature these and more spring blooms.