When I Was Walking in the Park I Met a Tree I Didn't Know
I took that walk at City Park May 3, and the tree got my attention because it was in bloom. I still don't have a positive identification, but it seems to be a catalpa tree. I was using A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us by Matt Ritter, a botany professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to try to identity it. (This is a great reference book if you are interested in identifying California trees.) I also double checked on the internet to see other photos and they seemed to confirm the identification. Here is the overview. It's also just the right size to pin.
Below is just the upper part of the tree so you can see the leaves and flowers more clearly.
|Upper View of Catalpa Tree, © B. Radisavljevic|
The fruits of the catalpas tree are also present. The photo below shows them clearly along with another close look at the leaf shape.
|View of Catalpa Tree Flowers and Fruits, © B. Radisavljevic|