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Re: In the garden and out now redbud

The orignal redbud tree on our property was one of the largest I've ever
seen...taller than our 1 1/2 story house with a huge canopy...I suspect
it was pretty old. It was destroyed a few months after we moved in
during a wild straight line wind storm. We have never planted another
one but the last dying breath of that tree must have been spent in
procreating itself as ever since we have had seedlings everywhere! We
have left a few of them grow where they sprouted, the largest and oldest
of which is now 3 years old and this year it bloomed for the first time
but also produced many hundreds of seed pods, which I had not known
redbuds to do. Hmmm...

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 06/24,  < Aplfgcnys@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Aplfgcnys@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 08:29:12 EDT
Subject: Re: [CHAT] In the garden and out

In a message dated 06/24/2004 5:07:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<br>mhobertm@excite.com writes:<br>I swear redbuds and walnuts grow the
longest taproots and if you don't<br>get them out of the ground while
they are still small (like a few inches<br>or so tall) then you end up
digging them out instead of pulling them.<br>And if you're fool enough
to leave them alone and let them grow for a<br>year...ugh! You'll be
digging forever to get them out!<br><br>That's certainly true of walnuts
here, and especially hickories. There is a <br>large shagbark hickory
near our drive, and each fall I pick up bags of them <br>just to keep
the squirrels from planting them in my flower beds, container
<br>garden, and everywhere else. Can't get them all, of course, but at
least that many <br>fewer. Redbuds, however do not reseed here - in fact
my redbud does not <br>thrive at all. I thought it was doing better this
spring after several years of <br>decline, but I noticed this week that
it has several branches with dead leaves. <br>I can't tell what's
happening, but it really bothers me. I love redbuds, and <br>they do
grow in this area. The only thing I can think of is that it is
<br>planted right beside a large rock outcrop (like almost everything
else here) and <br>perhaps doesn't have enough root space.
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