Tree-Watching: Trees as Antidotes to Barrenness

July 6, 2012

“No matter how barren the past may have been,
‘T is enough for us now that the leaves are green.”
— James Russell Lowell

The maple’s summer canopy of green

“The first bloom of the year is over.  It is now the season of growth.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Journal, June 1, 1853

Yes, it is summer and it is green, especially with all the rain and cool weather we’ve been having in Seattle.  I thought I’d check up on my “adopted” maple and willow trees to see if I could discover anything new.  And I did notice something unusual — the newest growth, the newest leaves are emerging in reddish-orange, not green as I would have expected.  I wonder why?  It certainly has nothing to do with lack of moisture.

Newest leaves of this maple tree are orange-ish in color.

Even the new leaves of the willow have a yellow-orange tinge.



2 Responses to “Tree-Watching: Trees as Antidotes to Barrenness”

  1. Elisa's Spot Says:

    They are doing that here this year too. I have tried looking around at the differing varieties, and some are just reddish with brown fading down into the green as young leaves, which as they grow go to all green. Here, is Pennsylvania.

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