Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blue Cross Tree

The three blue crosses painted on this tree have been there for many years. This is in White River State Park in Indianapolis, on the river trail, behind the track and field stadium. Thirty years ago, this was a mean and dangerous neighborhood, and this tree and the blue crosses were here then. Since that time Indianapolis has changed radically but this tree remains as a relic of the past.

Why were blue crosses painted on this tree? That's something I don't know. If you know the story please post it here.

The blue cross tree is a Japanese pagodatree (Styphnolobium japonicum). It will be flowering later in the summer.

These pictures were taken June 13, 2009.

Link to Styphnolobium japonicum:

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