I was trimming my largest hostilis yesterday and noticed a flower among the branches in the canopy. This morning when I went to take a picture, I noticed that there are all kinds of new buds coming out in the upper branches. First time ever on either of my two oldest. They are about six, no more than seven years old, grown from seed.
The tallest of the two, the one that's flowering, is almost 13' high and has a trunk that's 9.5" in circumference at the base, or about 2 7/8" diameter as shown in the photo. You can see a girdling root growing at the base that my dogs have exposed (again) because they love to lie in the dirt under it, a nice cool, shady spot :)
I fertilized with milorgasumthin' last night after trimming and filled in the hole a bit with dirt and mulch to the disappointment of the pooches. It's hard to keep them from digging in there because they love the smell of organic fertilizer so much, LOL. But that girdling root is going to have to get trimmed off at some point, the tree can't keep growing healthy that way
Edited by bozefonce, 10 March 2017 - 09:44 AM.