Columnar Scotch Pine Spring Candle Growth - May 2023
In large April, I planted a small, columnar Scotch Pine tree along the south fence about 1/3rd of the way back. It was a tree that appears to be field-grown and was sold in a burlap ball that I left in-place. I used a pair of scissors and cut the burlap that was wrapped/tied around the trunk so the 'top' was sort-of open. But, I left the burlap in place and planted it that way. I know there's opinions on which way to go with burlap, but with these small trees, I've found that they come with a big clay clump around their roots and it is best to just leave it as-is to reduce transplant stress.
The tree - just one month or so old (in our yard) is already doing some interesting growth/show. It is putting out quite a few 'candles' on the tips. Below are a few photos showing these orange and brown and green candles.
You may notice at this time of year pine trees are covered with prominent upright buds at the branch tips. These are called candles, and they are the spring growth of the tree. They are generally found growing in clusters with a dominant candle surrounded by secondary candles.