Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fantastic Fall - Sudden Leaf Fall

Why is a true full of leaves one day, and then, literally overnight, the leaves are all gone?

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.
These were some of the leaves on our lawn this past week.

Next spring they will be spread on our community garden, and complete their life cycle, being reabsorbed into the soil.

Day 16 of NaBloPoMo.


  1. My last home (the one I had for 26 years) had a plethora of trees. (After all, it was on "Timber Branch Drive.) And, we had a few trees that shed but most of them just vomited their leaves to the ivy...

  2. I love the poem. Fall is a season of change for sure!

  3. It is a fascinating phenomenon, isn't it? My redbud is still hanging on to its leaves with our daytime temperatures in the 70s F, but we are expecting a cold front on Saturday and a temperature drop to 39 at night. I suspect the leaves will drop, too. Thanks for the shout out for my blog.

  4. There is something beautiful about the change of seasons. Nature portrays its own artwork, even in the form of multi-colored leaves as they fall. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your post!

  5. Now that I am back in Phoenix, I miss the fall season that we enjoyed in England last two years. Fall is beautiful! :)

  6. It's kind of like that scene from the third Harry Potter when the whomping willow just goes whoosh and all the leaves are gone. I think that was the third movie. I'd have to go back and look to make sure.

  7. I never really thought about that but you're right! But Fall leaves really are beautiful!

  8. It does sadden me every year when the beautiful foliage falls and collects on the ground, leaving the trees looking barren and cold.


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