Saturday, May 21, 2011

The PawPaw Tree has Blossoms!

Two weeks ago I posted images of some lesser known species of trees that were starting to bud with the coming of Spring.

One of these trees was a PawPaw, and it's a particular favorite of mine because a) it's extremely rare in this area, and b) it's survival is critical for biodiversity since it's the only tree capable of hosting the larvae of the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly.

Today I made a fascinating discovery about this tree, because it is now showing fruit blossoms as well. This has me thrilled beyond belief, because this PawPaw is supposed to be years away from being mature enough to bear fruit.

This moment reminds me of something Nelson Henderson once said, in that:

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."

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