Bright Edges

January 15, 2015  
Filed under Home & Garden

By Elizabeth Hazen
When the sugar and red maples were blown free of leaves, bright coral and salmon leaves covered the hybrid maples along the streets.   Artificial, I thought at first.  Then the picture of an old, old lilac bush came to mind, guarding the vanished cellar hole of a colonial house.
These hybrid maples are trees, growing like trees, behaving like trees, enduring like trees.  Two hundred years from now, when the cellar holes of great housing developments have been reclaimed by the woods, foresters will find sudden groves of color here and there among the hemlocks and oaks and yellow birch of the Champlain Valley. Colors coral and salmon and certainly maple, but uniquely beautiful and undeniably native by then.

Elizabeth Hazen lives in Williston.

 

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