Monday, May 28, 2012
On the Homefront: Our Three-in-One Tree
We have a three-in-one tree growing in one of our horse pastures. From this distance I know it does not look very interesting, but get close enough and you will see why I find it to be quite special! The tree itself is a young pecan which just started producing last year, and promises to yield even more nuts this year:
But if you look closer, you will see a small mulberry tree growing intertwined with the pecan, lush with an abundance of berries:
And an even closer examination reveals a blackberry bush covered with flowers growing among the branches of the two trees:
These pictures were taken over a month ago -- the mulberries are gone and the blackberries are red in color right now. They should be ripe in a few more weeks, and then the pecans will be on their way to maturity. Our three-in-one tree is a three-season provider -- mulberries in the spring, blackberries in the summer, and pecans in the fall. Now you know why I am so fascinated by this otherwise rather unremarkable little tree!