What you see here is the base of one of the shortleaf pines that were somehow cut off cleanly several weeks ago. And, happily, those are new shoots coming up from the clearly still-alive roots of the severed pine.
I’m hoping that like other trees, these shoots will sort themselves out and one of them will become the dominant growth. Once that’s determined, I’ll probably snip the other shoots. I don’t know if pines do well growing from suckers like this, but I’m willing to let it have its chance for a few years to see what it makes of itself.
Nearly all of the half dozen pines that had been mysteriously snipped at the ground have sent up new growth. That tells me the roots are vigorous, and maybe this new growth will shoot up fast and full.
It’s unfortunate that they had this setback (however it may have happened); the trees were nearly five feet tall. But in a few years maybe that won’t make a difference.
- Dabbling ducks return from the north.