Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Can you Identify This Tree?




Or perhaps it's a shrub?




We saw it on a mountain during our trip across Rte 50 on Sunday.


I do not know if I have ever seen it before. The red seedpods or blooms are like little chains of upside down hearts. I wish I had been able to get better pictures of it.

6 comments:

bluemountainmama said...

i have no idea, but it looks almost like fuschia hanging off a tree. :)

Granny Sue said...

That's a good way to describe it, blue. I have some vague memory of chains of hearts on a tree, or maybe it was a flower. But I cannot think what this tree is. I wonder if it could be some sort of maple, with weird seeds? Maybe a hybrid? It was growing where a house used to be so it may be a cultivated variety rather than something wild.

Granny Sue said...

Aha! Found it! It's a red maple--I guess we don't have this variety in my part of WV. I followed my intuition and searched on red maple seeds, and this site had a photo of exactly what I saw. Apparently this is a good seed year.

http://forestry.about.com/od/forestphotogalleries/ig/Dormant-Winter-Tree-Gallery/Red-Maple-Seed-Key.htm

bluemountainmama said...

interesting.... and ya know, i think i saw the same thing around here a couple of weeks ago.

i've also seen fuschia growing wild along the road, something i had never seen before we moved here.

Granny Sue said...

Is it fuschia, or do you think it might be Bleeding Heart? That grows wild in West Virginia too.

bluemountainmama said...

maybe it is bleeding heart.... i sometimes get the two confused.

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