I’m going to start a new mini-featurette on the blog, which I’m calling “Big Tree, Little Tree.” Just side-by-side pictures of dramatically different-sized trees, highlighting the effect each creates on a streetscape. These were both taken in San Francisco’s Mission district. The little guy was in especially bad shape for at least one obvious reason.
Someone had “pruned” (?) the leader.
First of all don’t plant material like this. It’s a co-dominant tree and there’ll be always a double top. Double tops under 3/4 of the adult space will be always dangerous because of a wrong attachment. Buy and plant a tree with one heart stam. It’s cheaper in the future. Second: trees have to be planted with two treepoles at kneesheight. Bind the tree tightly during three years and you’ve a 30% more grow.
Often there are a lot of more reasons why streettrees are in a bad shape. I suppose there is a bad circumstance in the underground.
From the beginning this tree is doomed to fail.
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