Yes, you read that right. Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus) is a small tree that is native to most of the Midwest, including Kentucky. Ours is now at peak color, and this cardinal apparently thought it was time to sample the seeds.
Our 13-year-old tree is rather non-descript until this time of year. Then its leaves turn yellowish and the seedpods become a bright pink.
It won’t be long until the leaves drop and the rose-colored seedpods open, making the bright red berries visible and more accessible to the birds.
I find this to be another of nature’s amazing displays. It’s a rare treat to spot these showy seedpods when we’re out hiking in the woods, and I’m delighted to have them in our backyard.