We know that there are two ways that trees wake up from their long winter’s nap. The first is warm weather – which wakes them up after the long stretch of cold weather in the winter. The more successive warm days there are, the faster a tree will wake up. The second way – is the change in time. In the warm months the days are longer and when they get more exposure to the sun, they’re getting one of the essential ingredients for growth.
Here in the northeast, there are a lot of trees that have adapted to their climate over the years. Unlike other areas of the country, northeast trees are more careful when it comes to blooming.
Why? Because we know all too well that old man winter doesn’t always go away quietly around these parts. Many times – he’ll show back up one last time in the beginning to middle of April and leave behind a nice 6”+ blanket of snow on the ground. Because of this, you’ll notice that most northeast trees tend to be of the late blooming sort.
Typically, you won’t see trees bloom in New England until late April at the earliest. Most species won’t really get going until May. That being said, it’s worth the wait! When New England trees finally break bud, they do so spectacularly.
Now a few things to keep in mind:
If you’re noticing that your trees are still bare and everyone else’s in the neighborhood are in full bloom, then there’s no need to panic. Just because their trees are ready to bloom, doesn’t mean that yours are.
This is especially important here along the Seacoast, largely due to the tremendous diversity in species we have. Birches, willows and their cousins like to bloom early. Oaks and elms move things along much more slowly.
So as long as you get buds – and those buds are green on the inside, you’ll be just fine.