...and the weeds I just pulled out of my front garden.
It gets these REALLY BRIGHT colored orange fruit that are edible.
Over the fifteen years that my parents have lived in their house the yard has changed so much. The list of reasons it has changed is as long as the list of changes itself. One change that was unexpected and welcomed was the growth of this Butternut Tree
Where the tree stands now used to be a row of Ixoras (Ixora coccinea). The seed most likely blew in from across the street and started grow right in the center of one of the Ixora bushes. Because of it's protected location, the seedling never got mowed down and was allow to grow large enough for us to realize what it was. My parents decided to keep it, especially since they had lost their mature Maple Tree because it was on top of the septic tank that the city ordered them to crush. Eventually, the tree blocked the sun from the already scrawny Ixoras and they perished. But now my parents have a beautiful shade tree again to help cut down on cooling costs...
all thanks to Mother Nature.