If I don't bring you a report on the Butternut tree I've been following today, I'll have missed 3 months out of six! Talk about unreliable. Luckily, this time I actually have something to report - the leaves have come out, after four months of identical dull grey branches!
This is the Butternut today, the tall one in the background. A smaller White Ash covers much of the right hand side.
Three weeks ago, this was what the tree top looked like, bright yellow-green leaves just emerging.
The leaves came out, but I'm still concerned about the sparse branches, and two new large dead branches. I'm worried about that Butternut Canker disease.
Within a few days, the leaves had come out much further, but I'm still concerned about how sparse they are.
This is a close look at a leaf on one of the many Butternut children around the yard. Yes, I said 'leaf'. This is one leaf, made up of about 20 smaller leaflets, so it's a 'compound' leaf, and quite a large one.
This is the top of the tree today; it's looking a lot more filled out and a deeper green. I'm still not sure that means it's healthy, but I will keep my fingers crossed.