Lucy Braun Tree
Waynesville, North Carolina (planted July 2008)
July 2008: "Lucy Braun" (#4), shown by Janet Manning
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): Associated herbaceous plants include trillium, poison ivy, witch hazel, virginia creeper, jewelweed, Smilax, and others unidentified. New spring growth is a lighter shade of green than previous years' growth. Caged against voles at base.
RIGHT (May 18, 2012): On a scale in which "Celia" specimen is rated by Lee Barnes as a 10, this specimen is rated an 11.
LEFT (May 18, 2012):
RIGHT (May 18, 2012):
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): View upslope from the trail to "Lucy Braun" specimen, which is directly above the exposed rock (orange flag a little to the left of the plant).
ABOVE RIGHT (April 23, 2013): Closer view from same location as left. Notice wire cage around the main stem, to protect from vole damage of bark and root, which killed 3 specimens the first winter after the 2008 planting.
ABOVE LEFT (April 23, 2013): View looking somewhat downslope from "Lucy" (see wood fence along trail in upper left). Notice the abundant light-colored new leaf buds. Lucy appears very healthy, even though she has not gained much height since last year.
ABOVE RIGHT (April 23, 2013): Top-down view.
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