Got home to find my neighbor had cut it down. The view out back seemed mighty bleak that gray afternoon.
People sometimes confuse Western soapberry with the non-native, highly invasive Chinaberry tree, which also has yellow berries and pinnately compound leaves. However, the berries of Chinaberry are opaque, never translucent, the flowers are lilac in color, and the compound leaves are twice-compound rather than once-compound. *
|Red admiral butterfly groovin' on April blossoms|
Each spring red admiral butterflies celebrated a bacchanalia, high on the fragrant lavender blossoms and in the mood for...
Hummingbirds rested ever so briefly on August branches preparing their next aerial dogfight around the nectar feeder.
|Do not disturb!|
Whenever the tree was filled with cedar waxwings, the high whining of the flock felt like a chronic sinus infection! I love cedar waxwing style, but you can't ever love just one.
That avian whine might have been what drove my neighbor to the chainsaw. James Thurber would understand.
My most exciting experience with the not-soapberry tree was in early March when a young hawk stared me down with its yellow eye from the low branches. The hawk's eye is the same yellow as these realio translucent soapberries on a tree down by the creek. The patio tree berries looked more like scorched scalded milk.
|The new view has more clouds and sky.|