I am a tree lover. I love all types of trees and I include many varieties of trees in my garden designs and my own yard. I do what it takes to keep them healthy which includes planting them in the right spot, watering deeply and fertilizing during the growing season. I even apply systemic insecticide on trees that have problems with bugs.
Even with all of that love and attention, I have a very sick tree in my own yard that I have decided to cut down. In September of 1999 I planted a very small but beautiful Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’. Better known as the Winter King hawthorn.
|Healthy 5 year old Winter King Hawthorn|
This tree is known for its beautiful white flowers in Spring, reddish-orange berries in Fall and beautiful exfoliating bark year round. In the last few years, the leaves have become smaller and very little growth has occurred. Flowers and berries were abundant but the leaves would turn yellow by mid summer.
|Sucker growth at base is normal for this variety of tree. Notice the striking exfoliating bark|
I will document the process and post as soon as I can. Wish me luck as I say Farewell to a friend.