The redbud tree is amongst the first to flower each spring and in the fall it is amongst the first tree to lose its leaves. The first shot is of the redbud tree early this spring (late March 2010). The second shot was taken on Saturday of the same tree (October 2, 2010).
The leaves are almost all gone now, and what is left is the remains of the dried seed pods. I think it's interesting how in some ways the tree looks similar in the spring and fall since the flowers are small and what's left of the dried pods is small.
In the summer the large broad shaped leaves gives the redbud tree a completely different look. Below is a close-up of a redbud tree's leaves in the summer.
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