Pardon the Pun
I was always told that Chinese Elm were hard to kill but I really thought this one was a gonner. I bought this thing at B&Q dept store many years ago for a couple of quid on the basis that it would probably die. It had been absolutely neglected while in-store. I grew it for a number of years , didn’t give it any real care and it has been in the same pot for 4 years.
It survived winter 2009/2010 but did very little during the growing season. As we came out of the winter 2010/11 it was just a dried stick. It showed no signs of life during the entire growing season and I discarded it under a climbing rose. I always intended taking it out of the pot and dumping it. Yes I mean the tree, not the pot, although I’m quite sure any sane person would think I should have dumped the pot as well.
I was clearing the patio this morning before the rain came and I caught sight of it out in the corner of my eye and was amazed to see this growth.
There was absolutely no sign of this 6 weeks ago
All the growth is coming from the lower trunk.
What a survivor. I really do think this little guy deserves a third, or maybe I should say a fourth, chance