|While the leaves close to the tree's base are fully developed, the leaves in the upper canopy have been slow to unfurl|
|But the good news is that almost all the branches have at least some leaves, which I wasn't able to say last year|
So perhaps the major surgery that involved removing half the multi-trunked tree was successful in halting the damage done by the shot hole borer beetles. Fewer branches should also mean less debris to clean up when this notoriously messy tree sheds both leaves and flowers later in the season. Patience - it provides perspective.
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