|Blooming in early May|
Our once glorious sand cherry tree was severely damage last winter when it was struck by a plow during a winter blizzard. We were delighted that after sustaining such widespread damage, it bloomed enthusiastically, perfuming the entire front yard. You can read the details and see the pictures here and here.
Yet, the leaves closest to the trunk seemed to be healthy and the trunk itself was sprouting suckers. It looked to us as though the tree had used any nutritional stores it had to put forth the wonderful spring flower display, but was now struggling to support all of the new growth and even to sustain current growth.
We felt that lowering the workload of the tree was in order. We hoped that by trimming things back to a level that the tree could handle, it would be easier for it to continue to recover.
|May 30th, after pruning. The suckers along the lower branches appear healthy.|
|This picture was taken a week ago. The tree continues to thrive. Hard pruning seems to have allowed it to turn things around.|