Last spring we bought a tree on-line from this fast growing tree company (www.fast-growing-trees.com).  It was only $30 and I’m desparate for some shade in the backyard–and you know how patient I am. 

Well, it has been the source of lots of laughs and jokes this summer.  It’s supposed to grow 8-15 feet in the first year I say (with some skepticism in my voice).  When it arrived, it was a stick.  Literally a stick about 6 inches tall with some roots in a bag–not really what I was expecting.  But we enthusiastically followed the directions, watered and put a cage around it.  Seeing a stick with a tomato cage around it in the middle of our yard brought a lot of questions, followed by quite a few giggles:)

Now, it’s fall and it has lost it’s leaves and has returned to its “stick” status–only now the stick is about 5 feet tall!  We’re still hopeful, I think we’re actually supposed to cut the whole thing down in the spring and because the roots grow all winter long, it will more than make up the loss.  I’ll show you what we have next year–I’m hoping for some branches!

Here is the progress . . .

     

     

     

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I bought two and planted one in Feb. in zone 9 South Mississippi. It was a 2 inch stick and still is. I’m not certain it is still living. I gave the other one to a friend. His is doing about the same thing. I don’t think I will replace it if it doesn’t grow. $30 was a lot for 2 sticks. I will keep you posted.

I bought 3 saplings a few years ago. 2 died and one survived. I planted it in one of those natural pots that you can plant in the soil after it grows a little. We planted in early spring after the frost. It grew 3 to 4 feet the first year. My husband pruned it in fall. The next year it was 8 to 10 foot tall. Again we pruned it. At the time my husband decided to re-landscape it was about 25 to 30 foot from ground to the top. Beautiful high leaves. It never bloomed for me, but I’m willing to try again. Yes I cried when he chopped down my tree, but he now wants to replace a Chinese elm for a royal empress because of the mess the elm makes with the pods. The pods on this elm are round and like marbles all over the ground when they shed. Not safe to walk in my backyard for fear of rolling and falling. I cant be wrong all the time. Lol. I will be looking for reliable place to purchase my next saplings. Hopefully it will bloom.

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