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.
Take care, and have a good weekend!