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.
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????
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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
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??