|Carini 3-stem. 1.18.15|
|Aubique Petite. 1.18.15|
With warm weather, I'm concerned they will break dormancy as the sun warms the cans, so removed them
Carnini looks good. The can was not quite tall enough, so the top buds were smashed and bent over. Otherwise, no obvious freeze or herbivore damage.
Aubique Petite, also good. This has one good stem. I hope it takes off and grows this year. It's a very slow growing variety, but quite freeze tolerant and productive. I never protect its parent in the Vancouver yard, and that tree has done well for 14 years.
The Unknown was a test. I did not cover it with a garbage can. I did enclose one stem in hardware cloth. Animals shredded the stems. The only viable looking part is what was in the hardware cloth. That looks freeze damaged. I don't care - I have plans to replace this one anyway.
Smith was covered with inverted garbage can, and each stem surrounded with hardware cloth. That tree had the worst damage - most stems are vole-chewed beyond recovery. I have a containerized Smith. After more thatn 2 years of this one in ground, it's time to plant something else in that location.
Sal's took the freeze without damage, and without freeze protection. I do have hardware cloth around the base.
Not pictured, LSU Tiger looks OK. It was also a bit too tall for the garbage can and the tips were bent. I pruned off the damaged tips. Unless there is a really bad freeze, I think it will come through the winter OK.
If the voles want it, they will get it. Smith must have really tasty bark and stems.
Protection does help somewhat.
|Unknown, without protection in can. 1.18.15|
|Smith. Protected in can and by hardware cloth. 1.18.15|
|Sal's. Not protected in can. 1.18.15|