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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Enjoying New Leaves

   Sometimes the beauty of new foliage can almost match that of flowers. Here are a couple of recent examples among my own trees.

I had no idea that the new leaves of hedge maple (Acer campestre) emerge a vibrant wine-red. The species is native to the Old World, and is not widely used in this part of the USA. (More's the pity.) So I'm not familiar with it yet, and the color of the new leaves was a pleasant surprise!

The deep green of the mature leaves forms a perfect backdrop for the color of the new foliage.

I've always enjoyed the color of the new foliage of willow-leaf fig (Ficus salicaria.) Sometimes it's bronze, sometimes it's pink, sometimes it's somewhere in between.

It is normal for a brand-new leaf to be sickle-shaped. It will straighten.

I hope you enjoyed these! :-)

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