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John Romano

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Pitch pine defoliation??
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:06 PM »
have you ever tried to totally defoliate a 200+ year old pitch pine for the fun of it?  Well, i DIDN'T but a deer decided to this past winter which caused me great consternation as you could imagine.  This tree, the 'Blues Brothers' has a long history and is special to me for a number of reasons that I won't expound in here.  It was wired by Owen last year and went into winter looking great.  One day during our brutal winter when I went under the deck to just see how it was doing, it was almost completely defoliated!  My first thoughts were that it the cold, soil dryness, or some other ailment did this and I thought it was a goner.  I finally noticed that there were very few needles under it and the ends of some branches seemed broken or torn off.  My thinking was then that it was eaten by some animal(s) probably deer.
Anyway,as spring approached, my sadness persisted and I didn't' see much hope.  there was a tiny part of me, though, that knew that pitch pine are known to resurrect after fires by pushing out new growth on sustainable wood.  as spring approached I would look at it often but didn't see any action until about mid april when I started to see buds coming in various locations.  Today it is pushing buds everywhere.
 

John Romano

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 02:08 PM »
PS. this was in response to Owen's challenge to get more posters on the site :P  He's staying at my house during part of his northeast touring and castigated me for ' looking' but not postin' '  :'(
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 02:18 PM »
Scary, but cool how it's popping back. 
So, how did you cook the deer?  ;D
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 03:56 PM »
  They make awesome jerky. The deer not the pitch pine.
 

John Romano

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 04:09 PM »
not a hunter so I just use the evil eye on them.  They are big rats in my opinion so anyone is welcome to come and make some meat for the freezer!
Pitch are a very resilient species of tree living in sandy areas of the northeast and can survive in very bad soil.  As I said, they have a means of re-sprouting after fire or other trauma to the trunk.  their bark is quite thick which helps resist damage to the cambium layer.  Just didn't want to have to experience this myself !
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 04:47 PM »
That is a neat looking tree! Hope it makes it back to health. Do you have a photo somewhere of it with foliage (and after the styling)?

Chris
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 05:06 PM »
I'm not a hunter either, but I'd become a shooter if one found its way to my pines!
 

John Romano

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 06:27 PM »
That is a neat looking tree! Hope it makes it back to health. Do you have a photo somewhere of it with foliage (and after the styling)?

Chris
You can see it here after wiring by Owen last year:
http://bonsaistudygroup.com/tree-of-the-month/june-2013-tree-of-the-month-contest/
The tree was shown at the ABS convention in Saratoga NY in 2006 and is in the exhibition album 'North American Bonsai'
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2014, 09:33 PM »
Wow John, Owen mentioned this today. Nice to see it coming back but jeez that's intense.
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 06:42 AM »
Nice to see it come through, John. I just saw that old post on it a couple weeks ago!

I heard if you put sunglasses on them overnight. Deer seem to ignore them... ;)

The history will add to the charm!

 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 06:50 AM »
Wow!  Glad that great tree is bouncing back, John.  I'm foreseeing some upgrades to your winter storage area next fall ;).
 

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Re: Pitch pine defoliation??
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2014, 09:16 AM »
You didn't expect the Blue's Brothers to be undone by some li'l old deer did you? 

Seriously, this one seems to be creating its own story with a name like that, its unspoken history, and now the mauling by deer. 

It reminds me of Peter Tea defoliating a JBP that he posted about on his blog.  You mentioned that it looked good going into winter.  I suspect it had been pretty well fed and cared for.  I guess that's one more reason to maintain vigor in our trees: recovering from the unthinkable.