But wait. Look above the Blushing Susie vine. What is that spot of red color over there in the distance? At the curve of the walk?
Must go investigate. Aaah. . .
That pop of red is sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum. Sorrel tree. I have shown it many times on this blog, and will show it many more times. I love it.
You can see from the picture above in 2007 that my tree has grown, but not by much in six years. Oxydendrum is a very slow grower. A mature sourwood grows in our neighborhood a few streets over, so I know that mine will be tall and narrow some day way in the future. This one is multi stemmed, and mine is a single trunk, though.
I think this pretty tree is not planted around here very often because it is such a slow growing tree. It takes more patience than most landscapers or homeowners want to invest.
And it can be tricky -- not reliably winter hardy in zone 5 until after its roots get established, but once it has a good root system it is hardy in our winters. It needs acid soil, which is usually not a problem in New England.
Sourwood was one of the first trees I planted in my garden. I don't mind waiting for it to gain size and grow in its slow way, because it is so colorful, so elegantly shaped, and so interesting even as a young specimen.