Celebrate Arbor Day with Plants of CARE Redbud Tree
In honor of April 27th as national "Arbor Day," Glen Allen VA based The Wright Scoop – eco consultant, lecturer, & wordsmith Sylvia Hoehns Wright urges plant a Redbud tree/shrub as a "plants of CARE" – conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Redbud Tree/Shrub –
Redbuds, Cercis spp. family Fabaceae (pea family), are attractive deciduous trees or shrubs. These trees are characterized by broad, rounded, and heart-shaped leaves, clusters of sweet pea-shaped rose-colored or purplish-pink flower blooms on bare twigs, bean-like pods which form after flowers and leaves which turn yellowish in fall before dropping. Redbuds, identified to do best in areas with full sun or with light shade, require moderate to regular amounts of water and are known to flourish nation-wide.
Landscape Gardens of CARE -
“Eco-sustainable spaces,” says Wright, “are not simply a result of lifestyle choices but reflect how we feel about the environment. While keeping it simple (as in simple living) is the name of the game, there is a more important underlying factor – a commitment to ultimate greening: providing for the present without sacrificing the future. The Redbud tree is an excellent plant which through its ability to flourish has naturalized in almost any nation-wide landscape and through its vibrant color and sustainability is recognized to inspire people to become people who CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency.”
Plants of Care, plant recognition program –
Whether an experienced landscape professional or novice homeowner, Wright’s advocacy challenges all to not simply identify plants that survive but thrive; and then, create landscapes from a sustainable point of view, seeking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as feed their families pesticide free produce. “For,” says Wright, “any style landscape should not simply reflect traditional design concepts but be a result of the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season - creating a legacy of green, healthier urban/suburban communities. The challenge is to create landscapes from a 'waste not, and want not' eco logical commitment: become caretakers for the environmental community.”
As a hands-on landscape gardener who participates in nation-wide regional plant testing, Wright gained familiarity with programs such as the ‘Southern Living Plant Collection’, ‘Proven Winners’, ‘Plants that Work’ and many more. Still, while plant material proven to enable landscape gardens of CARE could be recommended by any one of these programs, it is spotlighted by Wright for its ability to inspire people to CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency.
To ongoing encourage all to ‘dig in the dirt’, a ‘plants of care’ are recognized quarterly.
About Wright –
A graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute program, the Wright Scoop – Sylvia Hoehns Wright urges all to become people who CARE - have a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency. To inspire others, she offers one-on-one consulting, speeches and workshops and has published a series of eco books. For details, link to web site www.TheWrightScoop.com or contact Sylvia@TheWrightScoop.com or follow her activities through facebook group The Wright Scoop or twitter ID WrightScoop.
As recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, Wright challenges all to ‘keep America beautiful’, become people who CARE: commit to conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Side-bar: Redbud Tree/Shrub, ‘plants of care’
-Mature at 20 to 30 feet in height and 15 to 35 feet in width
-Spreading crown is usually rounded to flat-topped
-Can develop as a multi-trunk shrub
-When grown in the sun will be compact and rounded
-When grown in shade, form is loose, open and tall
-Moderate growth rate, about 7 to 10 feet in five to six years
-Tend to be short-lived but due to ability to self-seed, viable landscape option.
Sylvia Hoehns Wright