There is nothing like the thrill of a new tree and then getting it home and seeing the first buds start to burst fourth. That is a sign that growth down below will be working extra hard to make new roots and new top growth in a never ending exchange of photosynthesis.
This cork bark elm is a really nice tree. The trunk is nearly 4 inches across and the tree has some good taper as well as some movement in the trunk. That first big branch may be a keeper, so I will wait and see how many buds I get. So far it looks as though it is going to burst fourth with a profusion of buds as well as the temps moving up this week I should get some good movement in the trunk buds. Supposed to be nearly 80 by Sunday.
This small airlayer I have going on the trident seems to be popping as well. That is a good sign as roots will start being made right now. It should already be callused over and the roots will pop as soon as the leaves start to open.