I have done a search of several 'tree identification' sites on the web, and have had no luck finding out what kind of tree we have in our yard. Each site tells me something different.
Zone 5, in northwest Indiana. The tree is currently in flower (usually flowers in early to mid-April). Blossoms aren't overly fragrant.
Later in the season, small round 'fruits' appear from the spent flowers; green in color and usually 1/4 of an inch in diameter or less.
Out of curiosity I have cut one open and there are numerous small seeds.
The fruit changes to a dark reddish color in late summer/early fall. I believe the birds eat them as I never find them on the ground.
Leaves turn a pretty shade of red in the fall.
Bark on the main trunk is rough and non-papery.
The tree after an early snowfall:
In full bloom:
Flower buds formed, just beginning to blossom:
Last summer in full leaf, no flowers:
Close up of end of branch, with 'fruit':
'Fruit' last fall, not very many left on the tree:
These trees are everywhere around here, and seem to be common with local landscaping. Our neighborhood has them, the local shopping centers, etc. I haven't had the opportunity to ask the local nursery/gardening center if they know what they are.
EDIT TO ADD: arborday.org tells me that it is a flowering dogwood (cornus florida); even though it's the closest, I'm not entirely convinced.
While I do appreciate the beauty of trees, I'm just not that well versed in identifying them.
Thank you in advance!