Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Cassidy Tree

Hot and sunny for several days, but the evenings have been cool and refreshing. Boy do we need rain.

Foliage before planting, still in its pot
A week ago some good friends came for dinner, and they brought thoughtful gifts -- seedlings from trees that grew in their yard. The perfect gesture for a tree planter like me!

One was a Japanese maple, a volunteer from the large old Acer palmatum that grew at their place.

It was a good size sapling in a little pot. It had medium green leaves tinged in wine red at the edges. Our guests said the original had been a 'Bloodgood' tree, but I kind of doubted that, as this sapling didn't have the deep red foliage of 'Bloodgood'.

This elegant green leaved variety, whatever its official cultivar, was perfect for the spot where I need a shade tree by the gravel garden.

I put the little pot where the now deceased Styrax had been. Jim took a picture of the green and wine tipped leaves while it was still in the pot trying out its new location. Nice.

The next morning I planted it.

By late that same afternoon, the green Acer palmatum had completely morphed into a stunningly red, deeply colored jewel of a tree. It is, in fact, a deep red Japanese maple.
The foliage only hours after planting, completely transformed 

I know plants in containers are stressed and don't always look like they will when they eventually grow in the ground. But this transformation was incredible and rapid.

Really, it glows. From this angle the sun lights it up with crimson and fire. From the other side it looks more wine purple, exactly like the mature 'Bloodgood' I have by the back deck.
This photo is not retouched.
It really is that red from this side, with the sun in front

It is in fact an Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', despite my initial thoughts when I saw its green leaves.

But it will forever be known in my garden as Acer palmatum 'Cassidy'.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! The honor of having a tree in your amazing garden with our name on it is one thing, but to see the rapid transformation in that tree is altogether another thing. To say that it is happy there is not sufficient. I think it is in love, sort of like the rose in the garden of the Little Prince (St. Exupery). Thanks for sharing this delightful story.