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Our Mini-Carolinian Forest #28: TREE MOURNING

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November 1, 2013

I am in tree mourning. I have shed tears. I have not yet passed through the anger stage.

We’ve been having some pretty severe winds last night/this morning and part of the neighbour’s tree came down and has taken out my tulip tree.

We planted the tulip tree, the first of my Carolinian Forest, in 2002 or 2003, making it about 10 years old (on my property). We had read that it should flower after seven years and so each spring we search the branches for that first “tulip” blossom. It won’t be blossoming in 2014.

Perhaps this one will live but it is now about half the height it was, losing the main trunk. I might replace it (or adding a second…. somewhere) but the waiting would begin again. And as I type this, it just wouldn’t be the same. At this point, I think it will be a “used to have”.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Karson

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posted 11-01-2013 05:38 PM

Sorry to see and hear this.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-01-2013 06:34 PM

thanks, Karson.
:(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 11-04-2013 07:43 AM

That’s a big tragedy. sorry to hear the damage.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-08-2013 11:37 AM

I contacted my Tree Guy and asked his advice.
1. cut it off flush (at the wound)
2. don’t tar or coat the wound, let it heal naturally
3. take a lower branch and pull it up vertically, tying it to the trunk; keep it tied for a couple of years.

Because the tree is relatively young, it should heal rather quickly.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 11-08-2013 01:41 PM

I’ve seen that work. The tree forms new leaders.

A number of years ago, we cut off the top of a huge pine tree on the corner of our property, because it had a massive earwig colony living on it and gradually eating it away fro the top down. The arborist had never seen that before. We cut the top 15 feet off, and put creosote on any remaining part of the colony. I must say the tree did look very odd for a few years, but soon the lower branches reached upward and they formed a new top with many leaders. Now there is only one leader, and the tree still stands 20 years later.

The idea of strapping a lower branch upward will hasten the upward development. The healing naturally is a good idea. Be sure to cut it off on a slight angle so the rain runs off.

Good luck with your tree. Gardeners work WITH nature to get the best results.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-08-2013 02:45 PM

I hope my tulip tree “save” is as successful as yours.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 11-08-2013 04:45 PM

MsDeb, I’m so glad you have decided to try and save this tree. I’m sure it will continue to grow and sort itself out with alittle help from you. You will not be sorry as the tulip tree is a very pretty tree even if you never find any blooms.

My neighbour (the one with the lilac hedge) has a tulip tree that has turned a bright yellow for fall. Early last spring we were looking at it when we discovered the blooms high in the upper branches. It was the first time she had seen it bloom….but it could have earlier. She just didn’t know what to look for or where to look.

I’m glad you posted this report re. your tulip tree. This is the kind of information from which we can learn and use if we are ever faced with a similar problem.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 11-08-2013 05:16 PM

I wonder how this trauma will affect its blossoming timeline

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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