Tree Sex

It’s Spring and time for trees to start their amazing sexual displays.  Tree flowers are often small and subtle, but will reward your close attention.  This is a  silver maple flower with the female parts fully expressed – the stigma is a sticky surface ready to receive pollen from another tree.  The male parts in this flower are present but not fully developed – the anthers are short and not open.    Stay tuned for more photos, videos and stories over the next couple of weeks.