News from the preserves, parks and backyards of Princeton, NJ. The website aims to acquaint Princetonians with our shared natural heritage and the benefits of restoring native diversity and beauty to the many preserved lands in and around Princeton.
White must be a cheap and easy color for nature to produce, because there are so many white-flowered shrubs and trees this time of year. Among the natives, elderberry and silky dogwood have been blooming lately, having followed the Viburnums and flowering dogwoods that got the white theme going earlier in the spring.
Most thoroughly white is the Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa), which two weeks back was at its peak.
It blooms later than the native Cornus florida (florida as in florid), and this year was so prolific that the blooms completely obscured the green leaves underneath.