I've had a red bud tree in my yard for three years now. It was given to us as a tiny sapling by a neighbor with brain cancer who knew he only had a matter of time left to him. He ordered a shipment of baby trees from the National Arbor Day Foundation, hoping to give them to my son. But my son did not have room for them on his tiny plot of land. We don't have a large yard, either.
We did what we could and two trees survived - a cherry,which bloomed for the first time this spring, and the red bud.
The red bud loses its leaves overnight. One day they are there. The next day they aren't. It amazes me.
At another blog, The Nature of Things, I found a poem written by someone about another tree, the ginkgo, which loses its leaves overnight. I invite you to visit the blog and read the poem, too.
I'll blog more about the ginkgo tomorrow.
Next spring they will be spread on our community garden, and complete their life cycle, being reabsorbed into the soil.
Day 16 of NaBloPoMo.