Backyard Tree Caliper Measurements - January 2020

Two days ago, I posted the first findings of using the caliper measurement tool on our young trees with this post showing the caliper measurements of our Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam trees in the backyard.  Today, I'm documenting in the [garden diary] the rest of our young backyard trees which all came from nursery stock. 

I did the same thing on these that I did on the Hornbeams:  measured six inches from the ground and marked each of the trunks.

First up is the pair of Greenspire Lindens that we've put up as an esaplier.  First is the one on the right (facing them). 

Then the one on the left (facing them).  This one is slightly larger.

Then the Weeping White Spruce that I planted mid-Summer 2019 and is dealing with it's first Winter below:

One of the backyard Chanticleer Flowering Pear trees - this one along the south fence line below.  This tree was planted on Earth Day 2018 and was a really tiny tree (and was cheap, too!) to start.

The small Dappled Willow that we planted in Summer of 2019:

The Kwanzan Cherry Flowering tree that suffered some Winter damage that was the stimulus to get me to buy this caliper measuring tool in the first place.  This was the second tree that I planted on our lot and is now the oldest surviving tree.  Here it is a week after it was put in during the Summer of 2017 more than 2.5 years ago

We planted this Crimson King Maple tree that first Summer too.  It is pretty far back in the lot in some serious shade. 

This Red Maple "Sun Valley" was another Earth Day 2018 tree that was tiny.  This, too, is in some deep shade:

Our first tree planted - on Earth Day 2017 (before we moved in!) died.  I replaced it in Summer 2018 and it has shot up since then

And, finally here's the third Chanticleer (or Cleveland) Flowering Pear tree.  This one is along the north fence line - just west of the Hornbeam hedge.  I don't seem to have covered this tree when it went in, but have included it in the height inventory posts and this past season, my measurements show that it put on an incredible 70".  Grew almost 40%. 

Taking the data from those photos, the full findings show these numbers.

R (facing) Greenspire Linden1.67
L (facing) Greenspire Linden1.77
Weeping White Spruce0.81
South Chanticleer Pear (Back)1.20
Dappled Willow1.08
Kwanzan Cherry1.81
Crimson King Maple1.20
Red Valley Sun Maple0.87
Dawn Redwood1.46
North Chanticleer Pear (Back)2.68

The Lindens are close to each other - that makes sense.  The smallest tree we have is the Weeping White Spruce - which is one of the newest ones, too. 

The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry tree went in the same season as the Lindens and the original Dawn redwood.  So, having those be close makes sense, too. 

The two 'Earth Day Trees' from 2018 (Southside Flowering Pear and the Red Maple Valley Sun) being so different are interesting and speaks to the growth rate of the trees.  They were very similar size (iirc) when they were planted and the pear has shot out ahead of the Maple. 

I'll get the front yard trees (wondering how I'll do the Saucer Magnolia with its multiple trunks??) and post those in the coming days to get a full Winter 2020 baseline. 


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