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Smoke Tree in Riverfront Park

On Tuesday, Cynthia and I went for a walk down the River Trail (AKA Riverwalk). As we passed by the east side of the Grand River in Riverfront park, we came upon this amazing sight:

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It looked like the tree had super-fluffy hair or something. It was positively soft, colorful and gorgeous.

I am sure I’ve never seen anything like this before. Cynthia recognized it as a “smoke tree.” It’s a pretty unusual one, however. There is one of these in front of Elderly Instruments, but it’s more green and does not have extreme puffs like this… the flowers are more sedate on that one.

Just to the left of this photo is another smoke tree. Its leaves are much more green than red/purple, and though it is flowering, it almost looks like a different plant altogether. The leaf shape is the only thing really identifying them as related. I never would have noticed the similarities without Cynthia’s assistance.

The Weather Report

Thursday it was warm and muggy after a day of rain and a bit of a chill. We had expected rain again and we did not get any, which pleased me. In the car I was a little too warm, in Rae’s yarn shop (where she has air conditioning) I was a bit too chilly. I’m all for problems with temperature that do not involve snow and ice!!!

I will never tire of summery weather. I hope you all had a great day, too.

4 Responses to “Smoke Tree in Riverfront Park”

  1. Riin Says:

    Smoke trees are bizarre, aren’t they? They look like something Dr. Seuss would come up with to me.

  2. Trish Says:

    And, you can use the wood/bark for dyeing!!!

    I’ve seen the smoke tree before, but never knew that was their name. Thanks for the info, Lynn! (I’m glad summer has finally arrived for you, after all the cool weather we’ve had so far this month)

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