In other words, the original planter will not get to see (and enjoy) a tree reach its full stature and beauty. Those who come later will truly get to appreciate the gifts of the fully grown tree. So planting a tree is a form of “loving the neighbor.”
Hickory trees are slower than most when it comes to growth.
I planted this Hickory Tree (shown above) in the early 1980s. It is still not yet big enough to offer full shade but it is finally producing nuts (plus the fact that it has been helping to purify the air and preventing soil erosion from the wind, rain and sun all that time—ecological logic).
Thankfully, I was young enough when I planted the “baby” two-foot tree, to get to enjoy this later stage of the tree’s new productivity. Not only will I have Hickory nuts this fall, but there is now also a stronger inner connection with my past desire to plant this tree for its produce, creating a stronger and corresponding “fusion” with my original aim.
My Hickory Tree is providing me with food for the belly and food for thought!
Thank you, Lord, for giving me this wonderful experience!
I think everyone should plant a tree during their lifetime. It is one way that we can each make greater (and tangible) use of the passage of time.