Today’s Looney Prunes features a massacred jacaranda. These magnificent spreading trees flowering now in the warmer parts of the southern hemisphere should never, ever be planted under power lines.
They’re supposed to look like this and are one of those trees that respond very badly to pruning, creating what I call the ‘stretched giraffe neck’ branching habit where new water shoots go skywards and need to be carefully headed-back. This means repeatedly pruning the new long shoots down to a lower pair of leaf buds until the spreading branching habit is reinstated.
Like most contract maintenance under power lines, the contract only requires that the tree be pruned to within a fixed distance of the wires. I know that what happens outside of that is not within the contract but for pity’s sake, couldn’t someone use a merciful chainsaw to put poor, repeatedly butchered trees like the one above out of their, and our, misery?