Abies nordmanniana (Nordman fir) in mid-late spring when the new needle like leaves begin to emerge. The scale coverings are thin and transparent and a shed almost as if they were thin egg shells.
Mediterranean Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). As a result it comes as no surprise that one of this tree species common names is "graveyard cypress". The connection between these tall upright Cypress trees (fastigiate crown) and graveyards is not a new. For several thousand years the Mediterranean cypress has been a symbol of mourning in the classical antiquity (Greece and Rome) and more recently in the Muslim world and in Europe. There are several factors that possibly contributed to this. One being the trees longevity, with it not being uncommon for the tree to live for 1,000 years. Another factor being the tall narrow shape as if the tree were pointing heavenward or as if it were standing guard over the tombs of the departed. The images in this post are from a cemetery in Spain.
Olive tree´s flower structure (inflorescence) is an interesting example that illustrates the striking similarity between the branch structure and the inflorescence structure. Just like the arrangement of the leaves on the branch the flower structure is a branched "raceme" panicle that is both opposite an decusatte. There is one central peduncle (main supporting stalk of the inflorescenc) from which secondary peduncles branch out in opposite (two from each bract in opposing directions) and decusatte (each set of opposite secondary stalks are offset 90 degrees the the ones before and after on the main peduncle. Furthermore some of these secondary stalks are also branched opposite and decusatte with the pedicels (stalk of the flower itself). If this all sounds a bit confusing then just observe the images in this post and you will be able to see the similarity between the branch structure (bottom picture) and the flower structure.
Olive tree (species name: Olea europaea) has a leaf arrangement that is a good example of the "Opposite & Decusatte" arrangement. The "opposite" part refers to the leaves arranged in pairs that grow out of the opposite sides of the stem. The "decussate" part means that the leaves are arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below. The images below give a pretty good perspective on what this looks like. In the case of the Olive tree the leaves themselves have a narrow lanceolate shape with a short petiole. These pictures also show the new inflorescence forming right above the petiole on the new branch growth.
European redbud tree species that has white flowers instead of the normal deep pink colored blossoms. Other than the color of the inflorescence there is not much difference to set this variety apart from the Cercis siliquastrum.
These images were taken in early April.
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The male flower of the White mulberry (Morus alba) is catkin like spike inflorescence. The flowers appear in mid spring from late March to mid-May (depending on your latitude).
As can be seen from the image below the male flowers appear on the tree before the new leaves.
below - new leaves on the male tree (male and female are separate trees)
The images above and below are of the flowers of the female White mulberry tree. The female flowers are shorter than their male counterparts.