These pictures are from a similar article with the same name at Felton League, which was linked to here last Wednesday. They demonstrate how efficiently the Memorial Tree is recovering from vandalism four months ago. Pointer . . . ‘thingies’ were added to more precisely identify what some of the pictures illustrate. The other two linked-to articles provide more information.

1. A gardener at Felton Covered Bridge Park installed this chicken wire cage around the Memorial Tree after it was vandalized. The protection is minimal, but the gesture is very thoughtful.

2. This now minimal damage is all that remains of of the formerly major vandalism. The worst of the damage to the left and right was very efficiently compartmentalized in just four months.

3. This scar is all that remains of formerly major damage. It is now completely compartmentalized. Growth above not only continued, but was unusually accelerated for so late in the season.

4. This damage was compartmentalized so efficiently that the scar is barely visible. Actually, I am not even certain if this is a scar. I remember only that the trunk was sliced in three places.

5. Growth for the season was adequate prior to the vandalism. The marker to the lower left shows where growth started early last spring. The marker to the upper right, near the center of the picture, shows where growth was decelerating and expected to blind out by the middle of summer. However, growth accelerated vigorously past that, as if stimulated by the vandalism.

6. Growth was unusually vigorous, especially for late summer. During winter, the stem designated by the marker to the left should be removed so that it does not develop into another major trunk. The stem designated by the marker to the right should probably be pruned back so that it does not compete with the two upper stems that are developing into the main lower limbs.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: November 1, 2020 – Memorial Tree Update (on November 7)

    1. Trees commonly heal themselves, but not so commonly to this extent. This little tree had been damaged twice before by weed whackers, at the beginning of its growing season late in winter. After recovering from the first incident, it was damaged again in the same manner. It has been very resilient, and a good sport. The species is not notably resilient to such damage.

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    1. Valley oak, Quercus lobata! To this day, I still do not know if it is native here. It is native to the Santa Clara Valley just a few miles away, but should not be in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There are plenty about, but most of the old specimens are on the edges of roads and the highway, as if planted a long time ago.

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