What popped first after the trunk-chop experiment were buds a little way down the trunk, rather disappointing, then a few began to emerge at the chop from the cambial layer…right where they were supposed to be:
So, I broke the lower shoots and bent them down to encourage the buds at the top. It worked, and, although I’d like to have a few more breaking at the cut, I suspect more will come in the spring.
Here is a shot from a few weeks later at separation:
Potting, end of September; enough time to establish roots and harden off before our first frost date in around 6 weeks:
And finally, a shot with the parent tree that supplied the cutting from which this air-layer developed…a grandfather-grandson shot: