On my frequent walks in Cambridge Botanical Gardens I am always struck by the beauty of the trees. Sometimes, the smaller trees can surprise because they have such an undeniably magical quality!
The paperbark maple Acer griseum caught my eye – it is such a graceful tree. Its bark peels like paper to reveal fresh, bright bark, almost like its peeling multiple layers of imagination… Of course, such a tree would appeal to an author!
This tree is so amazing it is as if it is forever telling a new story like a youth never growing old. In contrast, I believe the undersides of its leaves are a grey colour, showing two sides to its wonderment.
It is native to China and in winter it adds to the diversity of winter beauty with its rustic-coloured bark. In the autumn, it has deep scarlet or burnt orange leaves.
Its bark curls adding to its magical, eye-catching nature.
I think you will agree it is an amazing tree! Yes, I do love trees…
My previous posts about the magic of trees:
My Tanka poem about the Golden Willow Tree: