I'm still trying to nurse it along. The KingofHearts cut off all the dead and/or dying portions after the snow this year and last year tried to kill it. Despite the fact that I had no knowledge of his plans and this happened while not in my presence, I felt a distinct pain in my arm at the precise moment he cut a third of the trunk off. But then the next day, this little dude popped out so I'm willing to forgive him for maiming my baby and maybe admit that he knows what he's doing... a little.