Pepperwood in bloom!!

Though a lot of flowers are blooming right now, most of them are non-natives; of the few native blooms you might see, many are understated and easy to miss–so keep your eyes peeled! Umbellularia_californica1

Recently tiny yellow-green flowers have started to pop out on pepperwood (bay) trees, which I wrote about back in October. You have to look close to see them: six petals cupped around a cluster of stubby yellow stamens–by fall these will swell and ripen into purple, yellow, and green globes.

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