In Atlanta today, there were only two shrub/trees that I saw in full bloom. One was forsythia, and the other was an unknown tree with very light purple (almost pink) flowers.

The purple flowering tree is the mystery. It reminded me of a bradford pear, in that the habit and flower size were identical to it, but the color of the blooms was a definite pink/purple. Any Georgians know what I'm talking about? Surely you're enjoying these trees right now.

Dave

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Dave... could it be Paulownia tomentosa http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/plants/Paulownia.tomentosa.html

Cicero, NY(Zone 5a)

Red bud?

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

the redbud is the first pink/purple to bloom, but I haven't seen any in bloom yet.

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Ruby in Mississippi has a pink cherry tree that's been blooming for a while, wonder if that's it? Could it be a daphne? Don't they bloom in the winter?

It's not Daphne or Paulownia... I'll look into the cherry and red bud.

dave

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

Tulip trees are in bloom here. Smilin32 had a posting on hers last week. They are in full bloom now. Both of mine died. I think the true name is some type of Magnolia.
Those are the only two I've seen blooming also.
Did you arttend the Botanical Garden Show????

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I'm willing to go with Red Bud. I found this picture http://www.cameron.edu/student_affairs/ops/Im000142.jpg (it's a huge picture) and it looks very much like the trees I saw in Atlanta. Notice there are no leaves at all yet - just blooms. That's how the trees I saw in Atlanta were behaving.

I think the Red Bud is making my want-list. :)

dave

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Dave, How many do you want?? They have seeded all over here at the house.

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

Dave the red buds aren't blooming yet. They bloom about the same time as Dogwood. Also the tulip tree does resemble the BPear. The red bud doesn't normally fit that description. I have 3 of the red bud and will try to root a cutting for you if anyone knows how.

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

my tulip tree isn't blooming yet, but I'm in a colder microclimate.

Well if the redbud isn't blooming in LaGrange yet, then what I saw in Atlanta couldn't be a red bud. They were all in full bloom. I wish I had taken some pictures.

dave

Castelnau RB Pyrenée, France(Zone 8a)

The other possibility, with pink flowers and no leaves is the Judas Tree - Cercis siliquastrum.
Mmmm, I've just looked in the PDB and realise that 'redbud' is the same family - haven't heard that name before. However, though similar, the Judas tree flowers slightly earlier, so could perhaps be what you saw?

Palmyra, VA(Zone 7a)

How about Crabapple?

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Dave... how about Dogwood tree? it also has pink variety... Darin @ Plantranch carries them. i just bought one myself :)... ma vie

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

The dogwoods aren't in bloom in Ga.

It wasn't a dogwood, Red Bud, or Judas Tree.

I'm looking into crabapple right now.

dave

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

Dave I posted a couple of times about the tulip tree. They are in bloom here everywhere. I saw three more yesterday. It meets all the description that you posted.
Hey I won't post any more about the tulip tree. If you checked it out and it ain't it please post.

When you say Tulip Tree, I think "Tulip Poplar". It was most certainly not the Tulip Poplar that I am thinking of. Do you know the botanical name of the "Tulip Tree" that is currently in bloom down there?

Jim - an addendum:

The tulip tree I'm thinking of is Liriodendron tulipifera, and can be seen here: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/1031.html

Are you referring to the Magnolia soulangiana? Picture of that is here: http://plantsdatabase.com/showimage/3081/index.html

Dave

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

Magnolia soulangiana. That smilinm32 posted last week. They are shaped like the bradford pear and they bloom before any leaves put out and they are in bloom here now. Thanks for the reply to my posting.

That must be it! At least, it LOOKS like it's it, and the timing is correct. Thanks Jim!

(Now to find a few of these trees for myself) :)

dave

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Dave,

Plantranch has a few different varies of Magnolia. at very reasonable prices too! in fact, i did order some Magnolia from him a couple of weeks back. i have them planted and breaking buds right now. thought that would help ;)... ma vie

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

And there you have it folks. Just like that, another person succumbs to the temptation of M. soulangiana - join the "iwannamagnolia" club, Dave :)

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

they are lovely Vols... specially the southern saucer type:)

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

I hope that's it Dave, mine aren't blooming, and I'm south of Atlanta, but could be a fluke. It's a gorgeous tree.

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

They almost sneak up on you with the blooming. Seems like they appear overnight. I had two and planted them where I wanted to insead of where my wife said to plant. She was right as usual. I guess I'll learn one of these days. The blooms don't last very long. Was I right about there being a white variety??

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Jim, there are many varieties of M. soulangiana, with varying flower colors, height, etc. Check out the list of cultivars in the database: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/2452.html

lagrange, GA(Zone 7a)

Thanks Vols

Camilla, GA(Zone 8a)

Redbuds are blooming here, in south GA..Lot's of Azealas too..

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