Cleaning Up The Tree Planting List - May 2021
Earlier this month, I posted some photos about our first Japanese Maple tree - a Tamukeyama Maple - and mentioned that it was the 54th tree that I've planted over the five growing/planting seasons we've been in Downers Grove. I also mentioned that I wasn't sure my math was totally right. We had have some trees die that I don't think I've posted updates on. This post is my attempt to get current with the situation we have as of May 2021.
First, I CAN say that I've planted 54 trees.2017: 9 trees
2018: 17 trees
2019: 9 trees
2020: 17 trees
2021: 2 trees
I've also documented 12 trees that failed.3 Planted in 2017: Chanticleer Pear, Dawn Redwood, Corkscrew Willow
3 Planted in 2018: Weeping Cedar, Fraser Fir, Canadian Hemlock
4 Planted in 2019: Three of the six Canadian Hemlocks, Dappled Willow
2 Planted in 2020: Lombardy Popular, Horstman Recursive Larch.
That would mean that we have 42 trees alive and well. But, there are even more that have died that I haven't documented yet. This post cleans up all those.
First, there was a Crimson King Maple that we planted back by the fence in 2017. It has died.
Second, there were the troubled trees that we planted for Earth Day in 2018. They all have died.
3 of them: Earth Day Chanticleer Pear and Earth Day Red Valley Sun Maple and Weeping Cherry Tree.
Here, below, is the stump of the Pear:
Knowing all of that, let's update the list of dead trees:
I mentioned that I had documented just 12 before. Now...
4 Planted in 2017 (+1): Chanticleer Pear, Dawn Redwood, Corkscrew Willow, Crimson King Maple
6 Planted in 2018 (+3) : Weeping Cedar, Fraser Fir, Canadian Hemlock, Earth Day Chanticleer Pear, Earth Day Red Valley Sun Maple and Weeping Cherry Tree
5 Planted in 2019 (+1): Three of the six Canadian Hemlocks, Dappled Willow, Dwarf Alberta Spruce,
6 Planted in 2020 (+4): Lombardy Popular, Horstman Recursive Larch, two Honeycrisp Apple and one Golden Delicious apple trees and a weeping Redbud
Takes my LOST list from 12 to 21.
As of May 2021: We've planted 54 trees. And have had 21 lost. 33 remaining. Far less than what I was saying just earlier this month (40-something still alive).
This SHOULD be an accurate reflection of the current state:
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.