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Same girl and same tree 68 months later

July 20, 2018

In 2009 one of Dokmai Garden’s native pink shower saplings (Cassia bakeriana) lost its entire crown due to borers. I took the decision to cut the dead wood, leaving a pathetic stump and hope for a miracle. Three years later a new shoot had sealed the wound and replaced the crown. In the picture below my daughter Mia, at that time 8 months old, showed the position of the scar.

I thought the recovery was quite remarkable, but for how long time would the tree survive the ordeal? In the recent picture below, Mia, now 6 years and 4 months old, shows the same scar in the same tree.

So far so good! However, many trees die to faulty pruning, and even a professional cut can become infected, so this tree has been lucky.

As to the forest you see behind Mia, twelve years ago those trees were pencil-sized seedlings and all of them fit into the luggage compartment of a car. Children grow quickly!

Eric Danell

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One Comment leave one →
  1. annelie permalink
    July 21, 2018 1:21 AM

    For me the change in your daughter is even more remarkable!. Great girl.
    Have fun,
    Annelie

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