One of the trees in my yard, a beautiful twenty-foot blue spruce, did something very weird this fall. It lost it's top.
See the the very top? Where there should be a thick healthy green solitary spike?
And do you see what is there INSTEAD? This poor dead brown pathetic shriveled thing?
My poor, poor tree.
I wonder what it will do? The dead center stalk is surrounded by a ring of other branches that appear to be growing straight up in what I suppose is an attempt to replace the dead branch.
But there's FIVE branches there. Which one will actually take over as the top spike branch? I wonder how the tree will decide? WILL the tree decide? Or will I end up with a spruce tree growing upwards in five separate shoots?
All you arborists out there ...... what do you think?