The calendar may show that it is only mid-February, but there's already extra color in some trees.
Many trees across the Southeast are blooming at a record-setting, early rate.
That's true here in the mountains, as well.
Experts at the North Carolina Arboretum said it's mostly dogwoods, cherry and pear trees that are getting their leaves. They said early blooms can be a concern for a hard, late-season frost.
"But when sap rises in the tree and buds begin to burst and leaves begin to form, if we have a cold freeze at that point, that’s when you can lose an entire tree. The bark can split," the arboretum's Clara Curtis said.
Experts at the arboretum said the reason for such early blooming is the relatively warm and wet winter we're having.