What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit. When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees. Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well. Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center. Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden.
You can only imagine the beauty of these flowering fruit trees at the farms and fruit orchards blooming in profusion all at once.
I found out from our friend Sunil about these large fruit farms here in Central Valley, California, a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Bay Area. Sunil said in Central Valley which has the nickname of The Fruit Basket of America, is where you can find thousands of Almond trees, peach, nectarine, plum, cherry, and orange groves, all in bloom in the Spring!
Sunil showed me a map where there is even a Blossom Trail that one can drive on to see all the fruit trees in bloom. This is not a tourist destination with entrance fees and amenities, but more of a drive along side the orchards. You can pull off the road and take pictures and continue on your drive. This area in early spring is a popular backdrop for wedding photography. Central Valley even has a web site where they provide visitors with updates on when it is the best time to stop by the Blossom Trail. Typically these fruit trees are flowering any time between early February to mid-March. Check out the Central Valley web site dedicated to these spring blossom fruit trees at Fresno County Blossom Trail.
We missed seeing the flowering fruit trees this year in Central Valley as it is towards the tail end of the flowering season now, and with all the recent rains the flowers are on the floor. This has its own beauty though.
Driving around my neighborhood I came across a few small fruit orchards in bloom.
To see vibrant fruit bearing trees and their spring flower show, just head to an orchard in your area. If you missed the fruit tree blossoms this year. Keep it on your winter to-do list for next year. A fabulous drive to see beautiful flowering fruit trees – it’s something special to look forward to in the dreary months of winter.