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When do trees become green in France and germany

Old Oct 18th, 2022, 03:22 PM
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When do trees become green in France and germany

Looking to do a river cruise next spring, either in France or Germany for 10 days or so, perhaps late april.
When does the temperature become bearable, and the trees sprout leaves?

Anyone have strong thoughts on best rivers cruises to take?
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Old Oct 18th, 2022, 04:03 PM
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Bearable is all relative.... I live in USDA hardiness zone 4/5, and the first sunny day in early March I'll be outside in a t-shirt prepping my garden. Frozen ground be damned. I have relatives who live in Zone 9 consider it too cold to go outside in Feb.

What is your point of reference, for example where do you live, and when do you consider the temperatures bearable there?

Leaf bloom in France in Germany is generally about the same time it is in the Northeast / upper Midwest US.
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Old Oct 18th, 2022, 04:34 PM
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I live in zone 8 (Southeast) and in the 50's I am in woolens.

I think it to be cooler there than here, but of course can wear puffer jackets.
just wanted to see some green leaves, not white snow!
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This was snow coming down early May in the Dordogne. You can see that the trees are already green.


Flowering acacias in mid-May:


Flowering horse chestnut trees in Paris, end of April:


But I think that a river cruise is safer in May than April. If it rains you can't go to the next museum or passage to have a nice time. And I think that a cruise on the canal du Midi might be more pleasant weather wise than on the Burgundy canal or any waterway north of that.

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Trees will be green when the weather conditions dictate. Weather is unpredictable that far ahead.
One can get snow and green trees as sometimes the tresses are tricked.
Remember all of this does not mean it will not rain.Boy can it rain.
Conifers are evergreens. German/French border has a lot of conifers
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This year in Hamburg (northern Germany):

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Thanks, that picture was most helpful. Sounds like mid may a better time.
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You can get frosts anytime up to (and indeed beyond) the Ice Saints days in mid May. Ditto snow. You can also get 25-30C temps on occasion.
When the trees will green up will depend a lot on the winter/spring we get. Mild and they'll be early, cold and they'll be later. The amount of precipitation we get will also affect them after this year's drought.
Basically pick a date that suits you, then watch the weather as it gets near and pack accordingly.
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Thanks, once I pick cruise and know the cities I may ask for good local places to eat.
great help
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Rhine River cruise in march

I am taking a Rhine river cruise. What day trips should I take, or must see places in or near these places?
March 17 Trier
March 18 Bernkastel
March 19 Cochen
March 20 Koblenz
March 21 mainz
March 22 Speyer
March 23 Strasbourg
March 24 Basel to Zurich
March 25 Zurich.

Thanks for any and all ideas

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