Another mosaic of color. The tree is an Eastern redbud tree, Cercis canadensis. Along the shaded trunk (image left) is a Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, also known as the five-finger or five leaf ivy. This ivy grows readily in this area, its vines reaching 20 feet long. In the right spot, it turns lovely reds and oranges in Fall. Redbud trees grow about 20 to 25 feet tall. Along the branches in Spring, tiny fuchsia flowers provide a brilliant and welcome early display. In the fall, the heart-shaped leaves turn golden, as you see here. During summer, brown seed pods, similar to pea pods, fall all over the place and with consistent moisture, they will sprout prolifically. If you have one healthy tree, eventually you will have many. Same with Virginia creeper...one vine spied in Spring and whoosh! You can be tripping over them where you least expect them. Nature can take over very quickly--bricks and concrete do not have a chance!
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