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I find this tree up high on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are quite a few between graveyard fields and Black Balsam Knob Road. The white flower blossoms are so beautiful as well as the fruit, the little red drupes that are on the trees in September.
This beautiful tree grows at the higher elevations of the southern Appalachians as well as in the northern part of the United States and Canada. It is sometimes called Fire cherry for its ability to grow after forest fires. Many little Pin Cherrys will grow in an area that has had a fire, providing shade for seedlings of slower growing trees then it will only live 30 - 40 years. When the end of its life is here, room is left for the new slower growing, bigger trees.
Another common name is bird cherry because so many birds eat the fruit.
There are some of these little trees that grow up to 80 feet, and I read there is one in the Great Smokey Mtn. National Park. I hope to find it this summer.
This tree reminds me to always be aware of opportunities for new growth. Perhaps it reminds of this because it is the tree of new growth whenever a fire has happened. Watch for the ways life presents itself to you; pay attention. Is life showing you an opportunity to learn something new? Perhaps to go somewhere you have not been? Perhaps to see something new in nature that you have never seen? Perhaps to making a new friend?
I hope you can find this tree one day and see what it has to say to you. If this your birthday, I gift you with the idea to go find this tree and see what inspirations you receive. Just be still and listen.