I felt God’s blessing when I found this house. More than the interior, I’m first attracted to landscaping. This beautiful tree, in my front yard, attracts a lot of attention every April and May. It reigns over the yard, without concealing the house or other plantings. The year I moved into my new home, I was taken with the beauty of its blooms. Just as the bright green leaves began emerging in the spring, cone shaped clusters of white flowers appeared. As you see in the photograph, this tree is a beautiful showpiece.
Later, in that first year, I was concerned to see the green leaves turn bright reddish purple in the summer. However, with some investigation, I discovered the identity of the tree and learned that this is normal, and part of its attraction.
My tree is a Canada Red Chokecherry. The tree also produces small dark purple fruit. It is loved by the birds and said to be useful in making jams and jelly, although I haven’t tried eating them.
I was glad to read my Canada Red is hardy, good in zones 2 to 6. I’m in zone 5. And it is mature, at about twenty to thirty feet.
Enjoy the spring photos of this gorgeous tree. I'll post another photo when it changes color this summer.
The mundane becomes inspiration.