This loblolly was collected in 1973 or 71. I acquired the tree late winter of this year. While the tree did look healthy there was a lot of room for improvement (balancing vigor, needle density, bud quantity, needle length). The tree had never been treated like a long needle multi flush pine (summer decandling). I have just completed the second round of decandling (first round was decandling the weakest shoots, second was decandling average strength shoots seven days later, will decandle strongest shoots July 4).
My question is this, have you ever seen a lobblolly successfully reduce needle length to the appropriate size on a specimen tree?