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Kentucky Color, Catalpas - Right here on Lindsey Hill
" . . . the north and south actually meet, join hands and are knit together right here in Columbia Kentucky high up on Lindsey Hill." - BILLY JOE FUDGE.
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By Billy Joe Fudge
President, Homeplace on Green River
There are very few times in life when one can find that "left meets right" or "up meets down". Additionally I would suppose, there are even greater odds against finding the very spot, plus or minus a hundred yards or so, where one of these rarities of nature has touched down.
I have spent a lifetime promoting the wise use and proper management of trees both in the traditional forest setting and in the much more challenging, urban forest setting. Sometimes this great familiarity can create a situation in which one can "miss" the marvelous grandeur of nature right before our eyes and thanks to a couple of specific CM daily photographic and cutline stories, my eyes were able to see the obvious.
The stories to which I'm referring are the one's concerning the Ol' Catalpa standing watch over Fairgrounds Street on Lindsey Wilson's main campus. Since, I had not taken the opportunity to be enveloped by the clouds of the sweetest fragrance produced in the plant kingdom, I decided to do so on Friday. Wow! If you have not done so, load up the kids and the dog and cat, park in the parking lot across from Joe Pyles Brick Business, walk across the lawn, get downwind of the tree and experience it before a thunderstorm scrubs it from the atmosphere and you have to wait until next spring to breathe it in. You will not be disappointed!
Well, it is time to get to the point. This Ol' Catalpa is a Southern catalpa and has very unique characteristics which we associate with The South. In the spirit of Live oak its spreading branches grow not only out and up but also dip and weep back toward terra firma and as pointed out by Ed and Linda the trunk can suffer some weird and beautiful abnormalities. Additionally and again in the spirit of Southern magnolia, Southern catalpa is completely foliated prior to flowering, making the flowers even more showy.
So, I would surmise that many of you might have guessed by now that since I've revealed and emphasized the Southern name and properties of this Ol' Catalpa that there must be a Northern catalpa and that most likely, one would be in close proximity. If so, you guessed correctly.
Just a couple hundred yards away, growing between sidewalk and curb on Lindsey Wilson Street is a trinity of Northern catalpa. Northern catalpa has a harder wood, straighter trunk and because it grows so fast, was planted all over to be utilized as railroad ties and fence posts. It blooms two to three weeks earlier than Southern catalpa but is no less beautiful or fragrant.
This Northern catalpa sort of stands sentry between man and car in a physical sense, and as many believe that trees act as a conduit between heaven and earth, this Ol' Trinity Catalpa is connecting Heaven with the Begley Chapel on its east and the earth with the President's residence sitting on its west. And of course, we find that with the Northern and Southern Catalpas nearly touching that the north and south actually meet, join hands and are knit together right here in Columbia Kentucky high up on Lindsey Hill.
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