- Plum tree question - long and involved because that's how I write
- October 19th, 2009
First off, to save confusion, I live in the southern hemisphere, so it is spring right now :)
Just over a year ago we had a lovely, massive plum tree. The lowest branches were a litttle less than 2m off the ground, so the whole thing was maybe 8m tall and just as wide? (I am bad at judging heights, but I know I could not reach the bottom branches =>2m). It had pure white blossoms that shone like snow, and enough fruit to fill a truck - which when ripe, 99.9% was eaten in 2 days by a flock of tiny birds (although I think they were probably a lot bigger when they finished). You could write legends about this plum tree. So then our neighbours rudely and possibly illegally chopped down the hedge between our properties and the plum tree as well saying "we didn't know it was there" (one of their friends who is an arborist did it, but apparenlty he is an arborist who can't recognise a fruit tree from common hedge plants). It was literally just about to blossom - within a couple of days some of the cut branches on the ground opened their blossom buds. I now hate the neighbours for life.
Ok, onto the actual question. As I said, it is spring here, new life, hope, etc. So I went to look at the 30cm of trunk still left in the ground, and although it was hard to tell cos there are still old branches everywhere, I am pretty sure there were bits growing out of it, like sometimes happens on trunks. Definitely some of the smaller twigs/branches/stick-things with leaves on them that I could get to were growing out of the trunk. But - it was only cut down about 13 months ago and some of the grown bits are a metre long or more already. And the other fruit trees (and most everything else in the garden) all have "new green" (bright and light) coloured leaves whereas these are "old green" (strong and dark) colour ie. they don't look they grew this spring, unless they grew really early.
So - I don't see how it could be anything other than the tree growing back, but I thought maybe it could be some other fast growing plant made a home there? (although the woods pretty solid still, it's not like it's rotten). Does anyone know if these bits that grow out of the trunk have a different cycle to how the rest of the tree normally grows - eg. they grow earlier in spring, don't loose their leaves over winter, didn't flower and grew leaves instead which is why they are more advanced leaves, or something like that.
Any comments on this type of growth would be interesting and appreciated as I know little about trees :)