Can someone please identify this plant.
SOLVED: Plant mystery
Looks like a hickory e.g. Carya glabra (just a guess). The "bloom" is actually the bud scales that were protecting the bud during dormancy and have opened to allow the leaves to emerge.
Agree with Tom - definitely a Hickory (Carya sp.). I don't know which species congregate in Niceville, FL.
Hickories are incredibly colorful and intriguing as the leaves unfold from the dormant buds. Here in KY, Carya ovata and Carya laciniosa are two species that offer similar behaviors as you've shown in your images.
Thank you very much! It is in a wooded area across from my home. I was very curious. Now the mystery is solved!