One of the coolest things about Spring in this area of the country is all the flowering trees in the. If you'd said flowering trees to me when I lived in the Southwest, I'd have blinked three times and looked at you like you grew a second head. What are these flowering trees you people speak of? Several years ago, The KoH and I made a donation to the Arbor Foundation and as a thank you, they sent us ten different three inch tall baby trees. We planted them all around the house and promptly forgot what was what. This little sapling in the front yard is now about eight feet tall and finally beginning to meet the definition of the word "tree." We still have no idea what it is. The only thing I'm sure of is that it's not a cactus.

Edited to add: I've been schooled. It's an Eastern red bud tree. Apparently, the KoH figured it out some time ago, but never told me. We are excellent communicators.