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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Paperbark Maple

I opened the blinds this morning and gasped with delight.

Wait, that's not quite what happened.

I opened the blinds this morning, jumped back in delight and stared in awe.

I'm not sure that's quite the way it happened, either.

I opened the blinds this morning and found myself staring at the fall color on the leaves of the paperbark maple, Acer griseum. A thousand memories of autumn flashed through my mind in an instant followed by a thousand imagined images of autumns to come.

Yes, it happened about like that.  (wink, nod)

I'm happy to have this tree in my garden, even though it is still a bit small and is going to take its time to grow to any size.
In a few years, the bark is also going to turn a cinnamon color and begin to look like someone has gently pulled away pieces of it and curled them up just a bit. The technical term is exfoliating.

If I am so excited by this little tree which has no known pest or disease problems and grows slowly adding six to twelve inches to its height each year, I can only imagine what the tree fairies and garden fairies are thinking.


Jean Starr said...

Hi Carol,

Lovely tree! I planted one in my garden a few years ago and love it. Unfortunately I can't see it from any window, so I'll have to go on garden walkabout. Thanks for the reminder!

rusty duck said...

I love this tree Carol. It was my father's favourite too, and I plant one for him wherever I go.

Ela said...

Lovely garden and tree :)

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Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Gorgeous bark and foliage!