William Bartram Tree
Waynesville, North Carolina (planted July 2008)
"William Bartram" (#6), shown by Russell Regnery
1 week after planting
Location is NE-facing slope of a NW-to-SE ravine with perennial creek at the bottom, in Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Lake Junaluska NC (2,600 feet elevation). The uppermost canopy above this specimen may be entirely white and red oak, thus affording sun for growth mostly in early spring and late fall.
LEFT (May 18, 2012): Jewelweed and hydrangia are prominent among the associated species, with rhododendron also visible in photos. Caged against voles at base. Specimen "Rachel" is the dark green in foreground, lower right, with big red oak rising directly behind in distance.
RIGHT (May 18, 2012): Specimen "Rachel" is visible in foreground, lower left. On a scale in which "Celia" specimen is rated by Lee Barnes as a 10, "William Bartram" specimen is rated a 12.
LEFT (May 18, 2012): Notice the steep angle of slope.
RIGHT (May 18, 2012): Notice the amazingly tall apical growth new for this year, along with the new growth on the radiating branches.
LEFT (May 18, 2012): There are two main stems on this specimen, both of which show healthy apical growth.
NOTE: Spring 2013 photos below taken April 23, but spring was delayed nearly 2 weeks, so it is more like April 10. Thus, instead of light-green new growth photographed above in spring 2012, there is only light-green leaf buds to indicate the vigor of the plant.
ABOVE LEFT (April 23, 2013): There are two main stems on this specimen: A vertical stem just left of the flag, and a left downhill curving stem with similar radial top-growth.
ABOVE RIGHT (April 23, 2013): Closer look at the leftmost, vertical stem. Notice the upper tier of radial growth separated by 6 inches from the second layer radial growth. Compare this photo to the 2012 photo two rows up: See that the summer 2012 produced not only the 6 inches of spring vertical stem, but all the top radial growth as the summer proceeded.
ABOVE LEFT (April 23, 2013): Top-down view of the downhill curving second main stem. This stem has 3 light-green apical leaf buds. The 5 lateral top-level branchlets each have either a triplet at their tips (3) or a doublet (2). Always, the middle leaf on each triplet bears 3 leaf buds, while each of the side growths bear a single leaf bud.
ABOVE RIGHT (April 23, 2013): Close-up of the apex and leftmost part of the photo at left.
NEW MEASURE OF HEALTH IN 2013: leaf bud count = 83 on main stem and 14 on the single ancillary basal stem.
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