Friday, May 1, 2009

The Pride of China


The above title is what Clayton Stephens used to call a chinaberry tree. Mostly we observe the pale lavender haze against the green foliage, but look closer and see a bunch of distinct blossoms as pretty as any created. The robins were in a hurry this year, leaving a few fermented berries on the dead top twigs.

Use our Wikipedia link to learn more. Type in "chinaberry" and click the "go" button. You might be surprised to learn its other names and uses. Nothing about chinaberries and slingshots. Did you know that the berries are poisonous to people but not to the robins which can get quite drunk on them.

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