trees partially leafing out
I have a Princeton American Elm, about 14 feet tall. It was very healthy last fall. This year it only has green sprouts about 4 feet up the trunk, and maybe one branch has a small leaf or two. The branches are somewhat flexible but I fear they are drying out. Do I cut the tree back to where it is sprouting ? I have had success with trees that "died" but came back from the root after removing the dead portion. Should I just wait and see what happens the rest of this year and next spring. I also have some red mulberry tree/bushes which have done the same thing but are doing better than the Elm. As I wait it seems that they get a few more leaves but the process is very slow. I hesitate to cut off "the dead" at this point, especially if the small branches are flexible. ?????????? Blessings, Jim Hanson Pine City, MN (65 miles north of Mpls. St. Paul
excellent explanation---thank you !