The Kentucky Coffeetree is considered rare, and this is the only one I have ever seen. “The tough, leathery seed pods are too difficult for many animals to chew through (in addition to being poisonous) and they are too heavy for either wind or water dispersal. It is thus believed that the tree would have been browsed upon by now-extinct mammoths and mastodons which ate the pods and nicked the seeds with their large teeth, aiding in germination” (from the link above).
As a whole, it is not exactly beautiful, but it has a lot of character, and it is… different. I like the wiggly branches and the small leaves. In this picture, it appears to have a reptilian look–reptiles with afros, I guess.
This is the first piece in a series, which I plan to put together into an album, so that you can more fully experience this odd, old tree.
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What the camera saw:
What a bystander would see:
This was taken from quite a distance away. That thing on the right that looks like a little shrub is actually another tree about 20 feet tall! The building is a large church!