Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Tree Grows in Virginia

Last fall I planted a young redbud (Cercis canadensis) in my parking strip, to replace and old double-flowering cherry that fell down the year before.

It survived Snowmaggeddon and Snowpocalypse. It flowered beautifully in the spring. It didn't care much for the hot, dry summer we've had, but soldiered on anyway. I love this tree.

Then we had that great thunderstorm last Thursday. The one where a big maple limb fell across my front yard and into the street.

Right on top of my redbud!

Can you see it in there? Let me point it out to you:

I did what I could to free the little tree. It looked like it was all still in one piece, hallelujah!

After the maple limb was removed, I could properly assess the damage. Nothing broken. I'll just have a "weeping" redbud for a while, until it straightens itself out.


  1. Our Oklahoma Redbud was struck by lightening last weekend and split the trunk down about 14 inches. My honey-man wrapped it with old nylons and then secured it with baling wire inside of an old hose. It will survive. He's actually had to do this on several trees in the last few years. The tree grows together just fine. Glad your tree survived.