Close X Ray Jackson brings in a load of Rising Sun Redbuds to be loaded on the truck to Virginia. On the right are seedlings. To honor the lives of the fallen from the American Civil War, an initiative of national significance has begun to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the more than 620,000 soldiers.

Tennessee trees to memorialize Civil War soldiers

In spring the tree hums with hues of deep apricot.

Heart-shaped growth covers summer limbs with speckled lime green, only to have it return to rich golden tones for fall.

The Rising Sun Redbud.

A tree of significance.

A noble choice to represent a fallen soldier.

In the weeks to come, more than a thousand such trees will complete the journey from Tennessee and take root along the 180-mile stretch of scenic byway that begins at Thomas Jefferson’s homestead in Charlottesville, Va., and travels north to Gettysburg, Pa.

It is the route along which so many young men traveled and died during the Civil War. And as the nation continues to mark the 150th anniversary of the war, the Living Legacy Project aims to plant one tree for each of the more than 620,000 soldiers who died.

The trees are another reminder of the war’s legacy. The Rising Sun Redbud — a distinct sapling discovered by Tennessee couple Ray and Cindy Jackson — will connect the state’s heritage to others as it becomes part of the palate of brilliant foliage planted to preserve the memory. It is an honor to which the Jacksons, who run a nursery in Belvidere, Tenn., assign special meaning.

“It is the perfect, perfect memorial,” Cindy Jackson said.