Looking online, we discovered hackberries to be only somewhat tolerant of flooding. This poor thing had gotten its feet wet not once, but twice in 2015. Time to call in the arborist, we decided.
But we were wrong. Literally overnight the tree pushed out a few hopeful leaves. And then more and more, until it was clear it not only survived, but was thriving.
And so this is Patch #88: a tree stitch study that never got used from the Kitchen Towel series ...