I've finally chosen the tree I'm going to follow this year. It's taken me a while to settle on my choice because I know that I won't be able to photograph this particular tree throughout an entire year - it's growing in The Courts Garden, which is a National Trust property in Holt, and which isn't open to the public during the winter months so my last photos of it will be in October.
I fell in love with this tree when I saw it on a visit to the gardens last year. It doesn't look that spectacular yet, but just you wait!
I don't even need to type the name of the tree thanks to the National Trust's efficiency ...
Lots of the branches are covered in lichen ...
... but there are plenty of red buds offering the promise of the colour to come.
The seed pods usually fall in the autumn but there are still lots of them hanging on the tree. The Judas Tree is related to peas and legumes so the pods are similar to beans, except they are flattened rather than plump.
Each pod holds between four and ten seeds - this one looks like it contains five.
I thinks this may be quite a young tree as it hasn't develop the purple hue on the trunk which is usually seen in an older tree. It's about nine feet tall, so it still has a lot of growing to do. I'll speak to one of the gardeners next time I'm there to try to find out when it was planted.
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