Signs of spring come early in Berkeley

Purple leaf plums, Prunus cerasifera ‘Atropurpurea’ on Hillegass Street. Photos: Robert Trachtenberg

The warm weather we have been enjoying recently has brought out the early bloomers. Berkeleysider and landscape architect Robert Trachtenberg sent in these photographs — and provided the precise identification for the blooms. “I just wanted to share a few beauties I see daily in my neighborhood,” he says.

Magnolia x soulangeana ‘rustica rubra’.
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Pink Superba’.
Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: