Tree Life Stages

Stage Two: Youth

Youth redbud in a highway median.

The second stage a tree goes through in its life is youth. Trees in this “teenage” phase, have long, slender branches, and pointed tops.

To care for youth and infant trees, they need protection and room to grow while they establish themselves in their surroundings.

At this stage, their growth and form can be influenced, but their small size makes them easy to damage or kill with thoughtless action. When they are kept uninjured and free to grow, they respond with fast growth, solid establishment, and good health.

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