Celebrating a new year and the third month profiling my tree, Retama, Parkinsonia aculeata, I thank Lucy at Loose and Leafy for hosting Tree Following. I’m a day late because I host my own little meme, Wildlife Wednesday on the first Wednesday of each month, but I certainly don’t want to miss reporting about my tree or viewing what others have written about theirs.
There are no major changes with the Retama since December.
The Retama has fewer leaf stalks and virtually none of the tiny opposite leaflets remain, so it’s mostly about the green stems and bark.
Stems and bark remain green, year round, so the tree is especially nice in winter as it always has cheery, fresh color.
…which has died. I was going to prune it off, but I noticed that birds often perch on it. The branch is not in my way and is not bothersome in any other fashion, so I’ll leave it. Who am I to remove a perfectly good bird sitting area?
Birds like this tree. A lot.
It’s rare that I look at the Retama and isn’t some bird, somewhere, in the tree.
…love it too.
And though it’s not an avian sort,
…this squirrel hugged the Retama early yesterday morning as a cold front dropped temperatures to the coldest of the season so far.
The remaining leaf stalks are green and continue to give the tree a feathery look against the various winter skies.
I notice the thorns along the branches more this time of year–better to avoid them as I dump mulched leaves around the base of the tree and in the garden in which it resides.
It’s consistently chilly now, downright cold at times, so I imagine the low temperatures will take care of relieving the Retama of its remaining foliage. The green branches and trunk will endure though, preparing the tree for its long growing season ahead.
Please enjoy other trees from all over as they’re followed this January by visiting Loose and Leafy and its celebration of all things trees.