I am just now starting to see the results of our hard winter. It looks like a handful of my fruit trees were killed. Above is what used to be a prolific plum tree and below is one of our cherry trees, both laid low after our winter that got down to a sudden -40C (-40F) in January without much snow on the ground.
I lost two plum trees. I think they were suffering after our unusually rainy summer and fall, and I guess the long winter was just two much for them. The cherry trees were a surprise, because they were old enough to have gone through -40 temperatures back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s.
I also have two tall Aspens in the yard that are dead, but like the plums, they didn’t seem all that healthy last summer.
I had to wait this long, until I saw the other trees leaf out, before I felt safe in declaring these trees dead. Fortunately my four apple trees appear to have survived.
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