Liz – I recently realized when looking at the Seven-son Flower tree in my back garden here in Lexington, Kentucky that it was in desperate need of a good prune.
I’d read up about pruning these trees that late winter is the best time so I made a limited effort.
I’ve tried to open up the tree by removing some of the crossed limbs.
The watering can hangs on the Skeleton tree that died about fifteen years ago. The other picture shows one of the pruned branches showing the peeled outer bark.
Mike – Looking at the Hornbeam I’m following from a distance it has a distinct green tinge, especially on the main trunk from a couple of feet above ground level spreading up through the tree.
Close to it’s apparent that the green is lichen that has covered much of the south and west facing parts of the tree. Closer still and here’s the lichen in more detail. I know very little about lichens but will try to find out more about this particular one.
Take care, and have a good week!