Tree following, April 2021

Liz – Here in Lexington, Kentucky I had asked the company that trims my trees to do so during February but following the ice storms they were overwhelmed with work clearing away downed trees and limbs so didn’t show up until late March.


The Seven-sons was one of the trees on the list to be attended to, and pruning should have been done in late winter before the buds form.  Hopefully having done the work this late won’t result in a dearth of blossom later on.


Mike – When I went and looked at the hornbeam last Sunday I found that, from a distance, the yellow, male catkins give the tree a golden glow.

For details, and pictures, of both the male and female catkins see this webpage.


Close-up as well as the catkins, new leaves are now beginning  to show.


Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting tree following, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and perhaps join in, please have a look at this tree following post.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

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19 Responses to Tree following, April 2021

  1. Liz says:

    Mike, your hornbeam is such a handsome specimen. I love the detail of the tiny emerging leaves.


  2. Liz: I’m sure the Seven-sons tree will be fine – it looks in good health, so will cope with a bit of pruning!

    Mike: Lovely closeups. I always enjoy that stage when the trees have a sheen of colour on them from the emerging leaves and/or catkins.


  3. snowbird says:

    I do hope you get blossom Liz. Mr F, that hornbeam is looking absolutely


  4. Hollis says:

    That is a spectacular hornbeam! Best wishes to the Seven Sons 🙂


  5. JayP says:

    Beautiful hornbeam! I love that golden-green glow on trees at this time of the year.
    And am looking forward to seeing the Seven-Sons tree in flower – not a tree I am familiar with.


    • Liz says:

      JayP, although I’ve seen some publicity for the seven sons tree, it is still a rarity. I hope there will be a good flowering season, despite the late pruning. If not, I have some spectacular pictures from prior years, which I can post. Thanks, Liz


  6. julietwilson says:

    That hornbeam is wonderful, such a lovely shape. I’m always fascinated by the catkins of hornbeams.



  7. Thank you both for joining in again.
    That hornbeam is magnificent and the distinctive shape is so recognisable. Such a pretty tree when you come down to the details of leaf and catkin.
    Hope your Seven-sons tree recovers OK from its haircut, Liz 🙂


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