Look at this poor thing,
hasn’t he taken a lot of abuse from me, and of course, Mother Nature, herself. He was one of the first trees I planted at Kilbourne Grove, way back in 2007.
This is the first photo I have of him flowering, May 2009. By this is a blast from the past, look at the Flora Glade, I haven’t even got the cedar hedge planted yet, or perhaps they are so small the weeds just tower over them.
He came through his first two winters beautifully, but the third was a bit hard on him. When he didn’t flower, I was worried, but when he didn’t leaf out, I was very worried.
Finally he started developing leaf buds, but they were from the main trunk, and quite low down. The leaf buds turned into long whippy branches, but the leader did nothing. So I finally cut it out. The next summer, those long branches, just got longer and longer, they were practically touching the ground, and it was showing no sign off branching, so I decided to take the ends off, in hopes that it would force some of the dormant leaf buds to spring into action.
I finally got some flowers for the first time in a few years,
and hopefully soon you won’t be able to see the place where the amputation took place.
But if you are looking for it, follow the line of the garage from the top of the wheel barrow to the Cercis, this is the spot!