This tree has been through a lot. It is part of a pair in front of a house.
They are a short walk from my house.
Here are two pics taken early in June 2016. They are full and vibrant.
The electric company was going to come by soon and trim them – I’d seen the marks they put on the trees. Some get trimmed, some get cut down entirely. They trim every four years and do it based on the rate of growth for that species. If the limbs will be in the lines, they have to cut them away because they will tear down the power lines during a storm – or become energized. A worker told me that trees have a lot of water in them, and can transmit the electricity. Touch the tree, and you are touching a power line if the tree has its branches touching the lines.
Here are the “after” pictures, taken 6-20-16