Saplings growing up from the roots.
This is a valuable southern tree. I don't see it naturally where I live so I was glad to this this one planted in our walk the other day.
It is said to be the tallest hardwood in North America growing up to 200'. The trees around where I live in mid Missouri gain a normal height of around 80 feet with a few reaching up to 120'. So 200' for a tree would be spectacular though I doubt this tree will ever get near that height.
The wood of this tree is light and is easy to work with. And the logs don't decay easily. The tree also grows tall and straight.
There is no similar leaf as this tree. So the trre can't be mistaken for another tree. This tree grows to have large stems like the American Sycamore but not quite as large. The tree in some locations lives up to 300 years.
In full sunlight the trees can attain 18' in the first 5 years of life.
Looking at this tree it already has a crook in the stem. Will the tree stem straighten out over time? Planted in the understory the tree will not grow as fast as it could. But this may be good because of being planted outside of its natural range.
Will this tree live up to its potential? Time will tell, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome.
Revelation 2:7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God."
Father, there is much to overcome in life. Let me hear You and act on Your guidance. May You grant me victory in life. In Jesus name, let it be.