I planted this redvein Enkianthus because the description promised pendulous clusters of bell shaped yellowish flowers. I imagined a graceful plant with graceful flowers, but this is what mine looks like at this time of year. It is so upright – as it was described – that it is almost corseted, it is so rigid looking. I am disappointed in the shape of the shrub which can reach up to 12 feet, but it is growing slowly. The red color certainly is handsome!
This sourwood (Oxydendron) is younger than the Enkianthus and it is growing very very slowly. I don’t know why. I even watered it during the drought. One of the reasons I chose it is because it is a small native tree, and does have this beautiful autumnal red color.
Highbush blueberries have the same red foliage as the invasive Burning Bush. With luck one might even get blueberries. This year, for the first time, birds were not the problem, but the chipmunks. I never saw them, but the berries disappeared almost all at once and a neighbor said that was the problem. I net them to protect the berries from birds, but how can I keep chipmunks out?
That is my Three for Thursday. Thank you Cindy, for hosting at My Corner of Katy. A visit there will show you many more trios.