What a difference a month makes!
With a friend visiting for a week and then a week away on a birding trip, I hadn’t managed to visit Mono, my tree, until the very end of the month. In the few short weeks since my last visit, encouraged by some brilliantly fine weather and a definite rise in daytime temperatures, Mono’s buds have burst open to reveal her splendid summer foliage.
The scientific description for her leaves is as follows:
leaves depressed-orbicular; 7-15cm wide, deeply to rather shallowly 5- to 7-lobed, cordate to somewhat truncate at base, usually glabrous on upper side, short-pubescent to glabrous except for the axillary tufts of hairs beneath, the lobes deltoid to lanceolate, entire or with few coarse teeth, acuminate and awn-tipped, the petioles 4-12cm long, glabrous to short-pubescent.
I shall attempt to translate: the leaves are roughly circular, if somewhat heart-shaped, and range in size from 7 to 15 cm across. They are smooth on top, though sometimes have short hairs on the underside. Each leaf has between 5 and 7 projections that are roughly triangular and shaped a bit like the head of a lance. The edges of the leaves can be smooth or slightly jagged, like the teeth of a saw, and the stalk that joins the leaf to the stem ranges from 4 to 12 cms long, is sometimes smooth, sometimes a bit hairy.
The upshot is that Mono, my tree, an Acer pictum aka Acer mono, is looking absolutely stunning in her lush and vibrant new foliage!