I recently posted photos of four cork oaks that responded differently to being dug up and planted in containers. One weathered the transition well, two immediately lost their leaves, and the fourth showed few signs of life. Just three weeks later, the trees are looking a lot better. Here’s the first tree.
Cork oak – no signs of stress after uprooting
The second two trees look almost as good as the first. The second tree leafed out quickly – the third tree leafed out and produced many buds along the trunk.
Tree two fully leafed out
Tree three with lots of new shoots
The fourth tree made a surprise comeback. It’s leafing out and budding back and is on track to catch up with the other trees in the coming weeks.
May 3 – the fourth tree is finally leafing out
As I’m primarily interested in getting the trees healthy at this point, I’m letting them grow unchecked to help them develop new roots. I’m also starting to feed them a bit to support the new growth. Cutback and branch selection are still out a ways – will report back when the time comes.
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