October ... flower buds which stay on the tree after the leaves fall, through the winter, then open in the spring. (San Antonio, Tx.)
In October, the top part of the tree showing flower buds that will remain after leaf fall until spring flowering. The tree has been in the ground for 2 years.(San Antonio, Tx.)
October ... A closer look at the foliage.(San Antonio, Tx.)
The bloom buds stay on the tree all winter. Here is one ready to fully open at the first of March. You can see others at various stages of development in the background. (San Antonio, Tx.)
After a long winter wait, the tree's buds are opening with blooms, blooms and more blooms. Shown in early morning light. (San Antonio, Tx.)
The buds and blooms have interesting shapes and color tones as te sunlght shines through them. The bottom bloom on the left reminds me of the creature in the movie "The Neverending Story". (San Antonio, Tx.)
Some of the very top branches of the tree laden with buds and blooms in noon sun. (San Antonio, Tx.)
This tree is only 3 years old and was started from a 6 inch sapling.
Dragon Tree 2.5 months after planting it as a seedling.
1st year baby dragon tree - this is only 3 months growth! Stands about 3 1/2 feet tall!
Showing the top of this rapidly growing tree, baby leaves being born, child leaves, and the big kid leaves below! This is in full sun, first year's growth.
You can see the trunk of this baby tree (3 months!) already getting thick and slightly browning at the base.
Showing the leave stem, it is as thick as my fingers! (First year, 3 month old tree.)
The leaves are HUGE. (First year, 3 month old tree.) They are fuzzy, and slightly sticky to the touch.
Now at 4 1/2 months old, and 7+ feet tall.
San Francisco Botanical Garden