Red Fox Katsura Tree Winter Buds - February 2020
Yesterday, I started with the first of the late-Winter tree bud photos. I like to document these things throughout the year so I get an understanding of how things are going and what is struggling to return from dormancy (and which trees I shouldn't worry about because they're right on schedule). I posted the current state of the buds on the vase-like Saucer Magnolia tree in our front yard. Medium-sized, fuzzy and starting to crack open. They're fun to look at right now.
One of the other front-yard trees that I haven't tracked the buds and their setting/swelling/opening series on in the diary here is the Red Fox Katsura. Planted in the Fall of 2020, this is a tiny, whip-like tree that hasn't grown much at all and has very few limbs. It suffered a bit from heat and drought stress last year, but it has - as of now - set some buds on the limbs that *do* exist. Below you can see them. To me...they kinda look like buckthorn tips - but on the middle of the branch. They have that sort of deer-hoof thing going on, don't they?
I have great hopes for this tree this season - it will be the second FULL growing season in the ground and I'm hopeful that it fills out a bit. I planted this as a hedge against the failing flowering pear tree planted a few feet away. But...surprisingly...it seems that I *might* have been able to save that flowering pear tree. Which...now presents a gardening and tree-placement dilemma. The two trees are planted too close together. Do I leave them and let nature sort it out? Cut the flowering pear down? Try to transplant this small Katsura tree? Is this something I need to deal with in 2022?