Friday, April 19, 2013

The Dying Apple Tree

The apple tree stood out back. It produced apples that, with some spraying over the course of a growing season, were edible and unlike store bought varieties. The tree stopped producing fruit, and we wondered why. Branches would fall in strong wind storms. I'd grab them to toss onto the fire pit because the smell of apple wood burning is pleasant. The branches stopped sprouting leaves. Branches stopped growing. Cutting it down, we found the tree had died. The death ring had started in the center and was rapidly spreading to the edges. It was not visible on the trunk, only deep within, but the lack of fruit and branch development were our warnings. I'll miss that tree.

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