This little tree amazes me. During this past summer, the hottest on record in Arkansas, this tree seemed to die. It’s leaves were brown and falling in late July, it’s branches were bare in early august….dead, killed by heat. Amazingly, in late August when the rains returned leaves began to grow again. When the seasonal change of late October began its work on other trees this tree’s new leaves remained fresh and green. Today, Dec 3, after all other leaves have fallen and Autumn has been forgotten, this little survior remembered. It delayed it’s autumn to give the green leaves time to produce enough food to keep it alive for the winter. Once that job was done, the tree opened its mind to the sleepy Autumn. Late, but not forgotten.