Tree Mourning

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 11-04-2013 11:11 AM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

November 4/13

I’m still in “tree mourning” and it has been 4 days.

Ten years ago I planted a Tulip Tree in my yard, the first of my mini-Carolinian forest. It is native to the area however is a rare find as are many of the Carolinian trees that “should” be found this far north.

On Friday, the high winds brought a big branch down from my neighbour’s tree and it sliced the trunk of my Tulip tree in two.

After the tears and the anger I started thinking about how I could honour the tree by using the wood. Rick was going to turn some pieces for me but sadly the trunk was cut pretty much vertically along the slice. I thought that I might replace a beautiful branch that I had in my yard for years (just an old branch, with a smaller branch sticking out, stuck in the ground)—the birds loved sitting on it—but unfortunately the neighbour cleaned up the tree for us and he cut off all the branches.

I might just clean it up and stick it in the corner of my house somewhere as a piece of art or maybe it could be used in the creation of a shelf or something… not sure what.

I haven’t looked at it closely yet. It still hurts too much. I wrote about the tragedy here:

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 11:24 AM

Oh, Debbie: I know just how you feel. When I lived in suburban Chicago, my neighbor cut down a huge, beautiful maple tree that offered shade to my entire yard and house. I was so angry at her I just never got over it. I hope that your tree recovers and that it survives the shock. :(


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 11:26 AM

RIP lovely tree.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 12:28 PM

I would plant another Deb. Re-birth it, so to speak

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 12:33 PM

I’m hopeful that it will survive but I don’t have high expectations.
The neighbour said that he might buy me another one.

I’m still undecided. Probably by spring, after the pain has subsided I will get another one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 01:41 PM

Debbie it’s amazing what trees can take and still live.
The first winter we were in our new home (over 20 years ago) our dog chewed the blazes out of a Russian Olive my wife had planted. We thought it was a gonner but she wrapped the mangled truck in foil to keep the dog from doing further damage.
That chomped twig is now as tall as the roof on our two story home and providing shade and cool summer seating.
Perhaps check with your local garden store on what to do with the raw part ?
I’ve seen cloth wraps used that are soaked in that tarry stuff they use to cover pruned ends of branches.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 01:49 PM

Thanks, Glen.
It’s been several days now so I’m assuming that the natural processes have sealed the raw wood. We’ll see what happens.
If the wound continued closer to the ground I would wrap it, I think.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 08:29 PM

Looks like that tree will survive to me…

You would be surprised…

I had a tree frozen to the ground… lost all leaves…
... just left it alone… Next thing you know I saw new growth popping up from the trunk at ground level…
It is now a full-sized tree growing beautifully!

Don’t give up on it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 08:47 PM

We had an ice storm that curled pine trees double. The tops were pointed down and touching the ground. When the sun came out for a few days they stood up straight and tall for the most part. I would talk to someone with more knowledge than this old Grandpa has and see if you should get something to put on the damaged area to keep insects out. The tree might survive if the bugs don’t kill it.

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#9 posted 11-04-2013 09:52 PM

Ouch Deb. Not good news but I agree with Joe I think it will be OK.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 12:48 AM

thanks everyone for your support and ideas!
I’ll look into covering the wound some how.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 01:23 AM

Ms Debbie, I was heartbroken when an ice storm broke our dogwood off about 4’ above the ground. It was given to us at our son’s funeral and we had moved it once and really looked after it. I sealed the broken off stump with roofing tar to keep bugs and fungi out. It has come back/regrown very well and blooms every spring!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 12:59 PM

Hi Debbie, you could try binding it together. A nursery might be able to give you some good advice. I think it my be something like using some kind of grafting gum and some rubber wrap to hold it until it grows back together.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 02:47 PM

Crossing my fingers .. and I’ve sent an email to my tree expert.

Thanks, again, everyone

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 11-07-2013 09:30 PM

I talked to my tree guy and he said to cut it off flush at the wound and let it heal naturally. Then take one of the branches and pull it up vertically, tying it to the trunk and it will become the new leader.
He said that since the tree is still fairly young it should heal/rejuvenate rather quickly.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 11-08-2013 12:23 AM

Arright .an expert answers the call !
Wait for spring and a bit Ms. Debbie !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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