One of Nature’s Mysteries To Solve

Hey there! It’s spring, and I hope you’ll pardon me for springing another new leaf on you!

Mystery #52

Heh, heh. We squirrels are feeling extra bouncy after a line of thunderstorms moved through and the temperatures dropped back to what Virginians’ consider spring. Have at this one and I’ll check your guesses later.

Have a great day!

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Hey, back with you!

These little heart-shaped leaves are from the Eastern Redbud, Cercis Canadensis. As the name implies, the flowers are the showier and more noticeable part of this understory tree, giving us easterners a stunning pink-purple wash underneath the taller trees.

Eastern Redbud

It’s a native, but humans have also put their little spin on species, giving some of the altered trees different characteristics, like purplish leaves—to go with the flowers, I suppose. At any rate, the tree puts out its flowers just before the new leaves, so you should be seeing these soon.

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