Over 40 years ago I drove 50 miles from my dad’s place with this tree that was only about a foot tall. It has grown to this size over the years and every year has beautiful blooms on it before the leaves come out.
It is no longer a pretty tree after going through a tornado, several ice storms and many severe thunder storms. Although the whole top half of the tree was taken off in the tornado several years ago the tree lived. Every year it has bloomed and I have taken pictures of it many times. We had severe thunderstorms this spring that took off all the flowers before I could get pictures.
As you can see the trunk of the tree looks old and abused, but to me it holds a lot of memories and is an encouragement to me. With all it has gone through over the years it still is holding on, blooms and puts on leaves every spring.
It don’t look like the beautiful redbud tree it did before, but it is beautiful to me. I just don’t have the heart to have it cut down. As long as it and I live it will remain in my backyard and I will love it no matter how it looks.