Longleaf Pine in late Spring

Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, May 2021




Leaving the Rose Garden whose roses are not yet in bloom






to reach the native two-wing silverbell tree below the Rose Garden



Two-wing silverbell tree (Halesia diptera)




downhill and to the right towards the Chinese redbud tree



Chinese Redbud (Cercis chinensis) above ferns




across the green with buttercups





towards the circle of crabapple trees, their petals brightening the shadows of their boughs.


A circle of crabapple cultivars




The circle encloses a single, nondescript viburnum shrub



An Orangeberry Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) shrub in the midst of the circle of crabapple cultivars




Behind the crabapple trees, a native sweetshrub climbs  the metal enclosure of one of the gardens of the Arboretum.



 Harlston Wine Raulston sweetshrub (Calycanthus)




Growing along the same metal enclosure, Japanese Snowball viburnum.



Japanese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum)




A viburnum branch frames the crown of a native Longleaf pine tree




 Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)




To sit for a while listening out for the whir of the needles in the warm Spring air.



 Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris).

Photo by Robert Gutowski for the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia