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Old 04-07-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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What are those beautiful purple trees my wife and I keep seeing along some of the back roads and highways in SW Triangle area? Sometimes, they are planted in the median.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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I think they are redbuds.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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I looked in google images, and that does look like the tree I'm talking about.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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I believe they are the forest pansy red buds. Those are the real deep purple ones you see. They are so pretty!
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I just drove down Ebenezer Church Road, between Duraleigh and Glenwood, and the Redbuds and Dogwoods are just beautiful.

And...
There is an astounding display of Wisteria on the Umstead side of the road. I'm just waiting for the sun to come out, and it will be a knockout photo.
I know the Wisteria is a runaway, but it is still gorgeous in bloom.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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I just drove down Ebenezer Church Road, between Duraleigh and Glenwood, and the Redbuds and Dogwoods are just beautiful.

And...
There is an astounding display of Wisteria on the Umstead side of the road. I'm just waiting for the sun to come out, and it will be a knockout photo.
I know the Wisteria is a runaway, but it is still gorgeous in bloom.
Spend a day cleaning out a wisteria infestation, and know you'll have to do it year after year, and you'll find it pretty as a dandelion
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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I don't suppose it could be wisteria? It's all over, grown on the trees, and is in bloom now, but I can't believe that someone would actually plant such and invasive vine in the median!
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: WA
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Either Wisteria (vines with lilac colored flowers hanging down like grapes), or redbud (planted trees with scant pinkish purple flowers). Look up Cercis canadensis for redbud.

Wisteria is an invasive exotic (though there is a native variety..that isn't the kind you see along roadsides). They wouldn't plant Wisteria in a median though: it's mostly on the sides.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Beautiful NC
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Wow ! This place is putting on an amazing show for the spring. Lovely flowers of different colors everywhere.

Sure waiting for the sun to pop out to get those pics

What is with the grass moving of median on 64 First time we are seeing this - looks to show how quickly grass can grow here I guess and to make it look nice
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Oh, the crepe myrtle trees?

We had some family come in from South Dakota and fell in love with those too. You can find them (pretty darn cheap!) at the Farmer's Market in Raleigh.

Google it and you will see the pictures. They are crepe myrtle.
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