It is suddenly spring in Portland, and you can’t go anywhere without big puffy clouds of cherry blossoms jumping in front of you. Magnolia blooms are not far behind. But the tree I must bring to your attention has flowers that are far less showy and not a favorite color for most. That intro won’t have you on the edge of your seat, but their delicious chocolatey fragrance should make you eager to run out and look for Azara microphylla now.
This is a favorite front yard Azara on NE 30th Ave between Killingsworth and Emerson, from November 2013 — not in bloom.
And here’s the blooming version, this one a front yard tree on the corner of NE Wygant and NE 21st Ave.
I wrote about this wonderful little tree last year, but had missed the blooms. Now that I have three planted in my yard – newest one purchased on Xera’s retail site opening day this year, with flower buds on it (!) – I was definitely going to make sure I noticed this year. These first two images are from March 3.
This one below is from March 14. Still smells great – really, just like chocolate!