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Celebrate Spring In Virginia

Redbud Tree Blooming In VirginiaWithout a doubt, some of the loveliest spring-flowering trees are native to the State of Virginia. The Old Dominion is home to a wide variety of flowering trees thanks to our moderate climate and excellent growing conditions. Many of the well-known flowering trees are native to this region, including our state tree, the flowering dogwood. Many others were imported from other regions, particularly Asia, and have been cultivated here for centuries. Our guide to flowering trees in Virginia will introduce you to the most popular trees you will find in the Commonwealth as well as a few hidden gems that you may want to seek out. We'll also clue you in to various festivals to celebrate the beautiful spring blooms in a variety of places all over the state.

In early spring, as if ordered by Mother Nature herself, Virginia erupts in a brilliant display of pink. Thousands of Redbud trees herald the coming of spring by awakening from their winter hibernation and exploding with the tell-tale Redbuds that will become lush green leaves over a few weeks. The Eastern redbud (cercis canadensis) is native to eastern North America and grows well in Virginia’s temperate climate. Eastern redbuds grow to approximately 30 feet in height and have dark, smooth bark and long, thin branches. The flowers bloom in the springtime and range in color from light pink to deep magenta.

The small town of Honaker, Virginia celebrates their annual Redbud Festival next week - April 7th-9th with Music, games, pagenants, canoe races and auto shows. Click for more info on the Honaker Budfest.  Also celebrating the beautiful blooms of the redbud is the town of Dayton, Virginia, with their Redbud Spring Arts & Crafts Festival on April 22nd.

The flowering dogwood (cornus florida) is the state flower and tree of Virginia. Flowering dogwood trees are native to the region and can be found in most East Coast locations. It is considered one of the most beautiful flowering trees native to North America. It is a small Dogwood tree in springdeciduous tree that generally grows to about 20-30 feet tall when mature. Its distinctive flowers have four large petals. White is the most common color for the flowers, but there are pink and red varieties as well.  The kousa dogwood (cornus kousa), a cousin of our state tree, is native to Asia, but has been found to thrive in Virginia and similar climates. Kousa flowers are very similar to those of the flowering dogwood, however there are some differences. Kousa dogwoods bloom somewhat later in the year, and their petals are pointed rather than rounded.

Charlottesville, Virginia is celebrating their 68th Charlottesville Dogwood Festival starts on April 6th through 23rd with a Carnival in McIntire Park.  There will be several other special events scheduled throughout April such as fireworks, movie night, parade and music festival.  Go to their website to view a full schedule of events at the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.  The 62nd Dogwood Festival in Vinton, Virginia, is the pre-eminent annual event for the Town of Vinton and the Roanoke Valley. As a nonprofit, community-focused organization, the Vinton Dogwood Festival provides free family entertainment for the community while promoting Vinton and Roanoke Valley businesses. The festival opens with a Carnival Midway on Wednesday, April 26 at the old William Byrd High School ballfield, providing entertainment for kids and adults alike.  Dogwood Saturday, April 29th, features a 5K run/walk, craft, food and retail vendors, 2 entertainment stages, a free Kids' Zone with inflatables, and a petting zoo, the crowning of the Vinton Dogwood queen and much more. The annual Dogwood Festival Parade steps-off at 2:30 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial, and the Carnival Midway stays open until 11 p.m. with live entertainment provided by Riptide on the main stage till 10pm.  Learn more about the Vinton Dogwood Festival HERE.

We Virginians can savor Spring as we're surrounded by beautiful blooms at every turn. Try to appreciate the mild temperatures and clean air because a hot and humid summer is just around the corner! Thanks for reading.

 

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