Amid the seasonal blossom and mass flowering of spring are interspersed subtle touches. Often unnoticed, these all add to the interest of the garden in spring. Acer davidii ssp. grosseri, a deciduous tree from northern and central China can be seen growing on the Pyrus lawn here at RBGE. At the base of the multiple flowered pendulous inflorescences are recurved delicate pink bud sheaths. These turning deeper red with maturity. These are shed as growth extends and the flowers mature to clusters of the traditional winged seeds.