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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 07:21 PM
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58. True, but some trees come back well.
Edited on Mon Oct-24-11 07:22 PM by Tesha
We had a "weeping birch" that appeared to die off
shortly after we moved-in to this house. There was
nothing left but a short stump. But before we could
decide what to do and replace it, it re-sprouted.
Probably it was a graft and the grafted-on section
failed, leaving the original non-weeping root stock
to re-sprout. Now, a little more than a decade later,
it's a full-sized beautiful birch tree. The strong
roots enabled very fast growth.

We've also got some weeping willows in our back yard
that grew from 18" chunks of branches from the former
on-site willow that fell over in a storm. The chunks
of branches were left on wet ground, rooted, and
sprouted. Now we've got to thin and separate them.

We had some azaleas in a bad place near our front
door and I whacked em, I mean chopped most of them
right down to just stumps. I was going to discard
them, but Mr. Tesha moved all the stumps to a hill-
side that needed some retaining growth. I was
doubtful, but every one of them grew fine and
flowered!

Finally, we have an ornamental tree that lives in a
greenhouse in our house; it had been there since we
moved in. A couple of years ago, we adopted a pair
of parrots to live in the greenhouse and the female
of the pair decided she was going to strip the tree.
She did it very effectively and it looked like the
tree was a goner, but this summer, we moved it out-
side and essentially every branch re-sprouted. Just
tonight, it came back in to the house (before the
hard freezes hit New Hampshire). It's not back in
the greenhouse yet but will be soon, this time under
bird netting to protect its luxuriant new growth.

Deciduous trees are marvels of regenerative potential,
especially if they have root systems that have had
years to store energy and tap water sources.

I'll bet if the OP really wanted the tree back, it
could happen inside a decade.

Tesha
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