American Hornbeam Forest Update

This forest was assembled almost exactly three months ago. It began to flush out nicely but then developed some health issues – the leaves were damaged and discoloured, and the new growth was weak. It was definitely not a pest issue. I am pretty sure the problem was a pH imbalance brought on by the moss I covered the soil with. Well, not the moss exactly, but the grey stone dust in which the moss was growing (it was collected from a gravel lot).

Who knows. I was too lazy to actually research the issue, and the tree never really seemed to be fatally ill. Whatever the problem was, it went away and the tree has been growing strongly for the last few weeks. Unfortunately the earlier problems kept me from cutting back the spring shoots, which means the tree is already behind schedule in terms of ramification development.

Today I cut off all the ugly damaged leaves and cut back the growing tips. I think complete defoliation may be appropriate for this species but I am still just getting acquainted with it, so maybe next year once I have a better feeling for what it is capable of.

Damaged leaves.

Damaged leaves.

    After leaf and shoot cutting. Damn birds been in my moss. I live in a treeless cookie-cutter suburb so squirrels are not a problem. But man, there are birds everywhere.

After leaf and shoot cutting. Damn birds been in my moss. I live in a treeless cookie-cutter suburb so squirrels are not a problem. But man, there are birds everywhere.

 

3 Responses

  1. “But man, there are birds everywhere.”
    Get a cat. Lol.
    Thanks for post the update.
    Those carpinus might have been showing signs of drought damage from last season ( it will show in the following years’ growth at times ) combined with poor root development from being in a nursery container too long. Now that you have root pruned it and reduced the canopy….. they will love you for it.

    June 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  2. Nigel Saunders

    I love the pot with your forest, gives it a modern studio look. It really brings out the trees.

    June 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

  3. crust

    I like the white pot too.

    June 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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