more and more i am convinced that winter is an interesting season for tree-appreciation. people can’t help drawn by the visual and smelling sensations of flowers blooming in springs and summers. but just by paying a little more attention, winters offer us different perspective of trees and plants.
intrigue by the bountiful look of the tree in the colder season.
tree cotton has an interesting life-cycle. it is a deciduous tree. the leaves it shatter in winter is actually grown last summer. it flowers in spring before new leaves develop.
so in winter, the tree is getting ready to shed the leaves. the big oval-shaped leaves start to turn yellow.
what i enjoy doing is to stand under a tree cotton, and look up. it’s a sensation. the straight elevated main trunk and strong branches spreading out, that is handsome. the leaves are palmate with about 6 leaflets radiating from a central point. the leaves are quite big and have long petiole. the shape and the radiation deliver so much aesthetic pleasure.
木棉 tree cotton (bombax ceiba) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 錦葵目 malvales order | 木棉科 malvaceae family | 木棉屬 bombax genus | 木棉 b. ceiba species wiki