Spring unfurled the trees their leaves, to shake in the breeze and bask in the sun.
unfurl (verb) ~ Make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.
with object: ‘a man was unfurling a sail’
no object: ‘the flags unfurl’
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Frolicking Kittens under a Banana Tree
Kittens in a garden setting was a favorite subject of Academy painters during the Song dynasty. Here, the young ones play while the mother watches. New banana plants and shoots, their leaves not yet unfurled, have just emerged, but a sprig of bamboo visible along the right-hand margin of the painting is still without its summer greenery.
This Washington State University presentation on Leaf Index Management specifically uses the word unfurl six times, relevant to leaves on grapevines.
- The ubiquitous unfurling of leaves, Spring's triumphant green flag.