Hardy Croom TreeLocation is NE-facing slope of a NW-to-SE ravine with perennial creek at the bottom, in Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Lake Junaluska NC (2,600 feet elevation). The uppermost canopy above this specimen may be entirely white and red oak, thus affording sun for growth mostly in early spring and late fall.
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
(planted July 2008)
killed by voles Winter 08/09
"Hardy Croom" (#2), shown by Ken Gelhe
1 week after planting
This seedling was killed by voles
during its first winter.
Notice the dark brown bark
has been entirely gnawed away from the lower stem and root.
Photo and assessment by Lee Barnes
All specimens were given wire cages after 3 of the initial 10 planted in July 2008 succumbed to rodents eating the cambium during the first winter. The winter of 2015/16 brought 2 more deaths (and one lethal injury) by root-eating rodents. Connie Barlow then scouted for BIRDFEEDERS in the neighborhood, and found a seasonally used feeder (above right) hanging along the southwest forested edge of the garden the home closest to the 3 specimens killed that first winter.
CORNEILLE BRYAN NATIVE GARDEN PLANTINGS