Monday, March 30, 2009

not red

Brrrrrrr! With temps in the 30s for the next two nights, I guess we are having redbud winter because that's what's in bloom everywhere. The lowlands are sprinkled with red.

Red? Is it me? Or am I just being too persnickety, but redbud is just not red. It's magenta, a purplish-pink that's more fuchsia than red. In fact, fuchsia would serve the tree better than red. That color honors German physician Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566) one of the founding fathers of modern botany, so there's a pedigree to the color. It would make a great name for the tree but, of course, fuchsia is already used for another flowering plant. So, I guess we are stuck with the unimaginative redbud. How unfortunate, 'cause it's just not red.

Photo taken at Ijams Nature Center

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