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First, the black buds split open to reveal their furry brown inner parts.

210425 ash flowers (1)

Next, those brown furry parts burst open to reveal luscious purple ‘berries’.

210425 ash flowers (2)

And finally, those purple berries transform – they’re not berries at all, of course, they’re the tips of the anthers of the spiky flowers that grow at the end of the twigs and branches.

210425 ash flowers (3)

This is an Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior), and they have a very complicated but fascinating reproduction system, which I didn’t know about when I took my photos – you can read all about it on the Tree Guide UK website here.