April 10, 2005: The line separating last year's growth from this year's is pretty clear.
(In the background, a mature red maple in full flower, and a Bradford pear.)
May 1999: When this tree was first planted here, its leaves were small, indicating major transplant
stress. I called the nursey, hoping I'd get a new, healthy tree, and the nursery owner came to my house to see for himself,
not once, but twice! Both times, he assured me that the tree was fine and would have normal size leaves in the future.
May 2004: The bark of this young sugar maple will change as it matures.
I love to watch baby leaves emerging. Above, April 2004. Below, May 2004: As leaves emerge near the
top of the tree, they are tinged orange! (I was standing on a really tall ladder to take the picture.)