|Black gum staked, holding pressure on a side branch keeping it upright|
|Black gum last summer|
Over time this upright position will encourage the tree to send growth hormones to this branch to give it dominance and re-create the leader this pyramidal tree needs.
|a little better shape now|
|Stewartia last fall|
|winter damage to the stewartia monadelpha|
The top did not leaf out this spring. It was just dead above the middle of the canopy. I had to cut out the dead top, and similar to the black gum, tie a side shoot upright to encourage vertical growth of that branch.
The stewartia's branches were much more flexible than the black gum, and all I had to do was use a velcro strip to hold the side branch to the remaining stub of the cut leader. No need for pressure and staking.
I hated losing fully half of a new tree, but it does survive, and it will hopefully regrow a nicely shaped top.
|side shoot tied to the stub of the cut leader|
|new shape of the stewartia, tied up|
|cornus mas in rehab last winter|
It wasn't strong enough to hold on, the clip weighed more than the twig it held, and I lost the top half of this tiny sapling.
Now, beheaded, this little tree is barely a foot tall. But it leafed out fully, it even mustered a yellow bloom on a lower branch in April. It wants to live, and it will grow. I'll let it fill in more, then cut back some of the longer side branches to shape it better. And then I just need to wait several years while it puts on the height it lost and puts on some bulk.
Growing trees is all about patience.
|Cornus mas --- chopped in half but growing|
I need to remove the clamp, and insert a stainless screw to hold the two trunk halves together permanently, but the leaves came out and I got behind and it didn't get done.
I do need to limb this tree up again this summer, and I'll get Jim to help me install the screw then. When I first saw the damage to this tree I thought it was lost, but of all my injured trees currently in rehab, this one may recover the best.
|Acer palmatum fully clothed, held together with clamps and chain|
Trusses, ropes, chains, clamps and screws. Who knew gardening required so many trips to the hardware store?