I posted few pictures of this Tilia cordata during this spring already. I tried to capture the dynamic of spring changes on this small tree. I work with deciduous trees just because I like this process of seasonal change. So now the tree was in another phase of its transformation. When first leaves emerged in spring tree had a lot of energy and benefited from sunny weather. Growth rate was enormous. So now was the time to balance tree energy and let the sun get into dense crown. I did partial defoliation, almost all leaves on top are gone and majority from bottom branches. On lower branches I want more energy to thicken them so I left leaves there. Also branches on top were shortened to promote back-budding and ramification improvement. If everything goes well I will repeat this process several times during growth season.
|Beginning of April, with swelling buds|
|In mid April with emerging leaves|
|In Late April with full canopy|
|Recently in mid of May just before work in messy stage|
|Leaves inside the crown turn yellow due to lack of sunlight. It will change soon with new flush of growth.|
|Decent amount of foliage, hmm :)|
|Just for comparison on my hand with full size of leaves and length of shoot.|
|Detail of the top of crown|
|And final result after one hour.|
So the tree will look like angry punker from 80-ties for few days. But new leaves will emerge soon and then you will find new pictures here. I hope I will make new moss cover till then.