Two years after damage, how is this aspen recovering?
On Oct. 25-26, 2011 we got 11.5" of snow overnight in my town near Denver. The trees still had most of their leaves and lots of huge trees and branches came down all over town. We only lost a few small branches at the time but in May 2012 after a rain the top of one of my aspens fell down, hanging on by bark.
I pulled down the broken top, it was about 12 feet long. Then I sawed off a few more inches.
The tree has had two years of growing since then and I don't see any new shoots coming out near the cut, which is one of the problems when trees are topped that I have read about.
I wonder what is going on? Is how the tree has responded good or bad? I think good.
Maybe the branches just below the cut have grown more than they would have.
Maybe the tree is putting all its growth into growing out and isn't growing up?
Or maybe the tree is still recovering and hasn't grown at all? That doesn't seem right.
Or maybe the tree is putting its growth into the other trunks/trees in the clump?