|The Persian Vitex in 2008. Why we don't have or can't find|
any more recent pictures, is probably due to our lamentable lack
of any semblance of organization in our iPhoto files.
|The Persian Vitex as of August 20, 2015, above and below.|
All is not lost ... there are sprouts at the base of the tree and once the EP takes what's left of the trunk down to the ground, it will regrow. The HG and I are currently in a disagreement about whether or not we had to cut it to the ground after the hard winter of 2009-2010. I think we did; she says we pruned it back to live wood and then let it regrow from there. Whatever. The point is that we're not worried we'll lose it. We are, however, pondering whether we want to keep it; replace it with a tree or large shrub that won't need quite as much pruning to keep it in check; or remove it and plant that area with smaller shrubs and perennials.
I tend to lean in favor of keeping it: I love how the trunk of this species tends to contort itself in such sculptural ways. It's also a fairly fast growing tree, which is important because there are shade-loving perennials - toad lilies and bletillas - planted under it. I also have to consider how difficult it would be to take it out since the root system is both extensive and healthy. The HG thinks it should go and is currently enamored of the idea of smaller shrubs and perennials.
There's no hurry for us to decide. Until The Awful ends and the temperatures drop into the 80s during the day, we have no desire to venture forth even if our activity restrictions are lifted!
|The remains of the trunk ... did I mention that the Executive|
Producer is not known for his finesse?