One reason why they didn’t can be seen from an examination of the roots in this picture. It’s evident that some very substantial roots have been cut clean through. The trees must have been severely weakened before they were brought here, which is probably why so many of them have died. I think we’ve been taken for suckers by the Spanish and Italian exporters.
But we’ve got some rather exciting plans for this tree and the others that came with it, dead though they may be. About this, more later…