(5yr Native Tree Challenge) Tum's Baccharis halimifolia (Sea myrtle)

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Sea myrtle is a member of the Aster family and blooms in fall. It's native all up and down the eastern coast of the US, reaching the tip of its northern range here in Massachusetts. The female plants (right) supposedly have flashier white flowers than the male (left) which has yellow/cream flowers.
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Afterwards, the female flowers turn into these airy-looking seeds/fruits.
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They can develop this neat looking ridged bark but I'm unsure if that will happen within the contest time.
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I bought two gangly sale plants, a male and a female, from my local native plant nursery last fall and cut them back recently. The male is backbudding all over but the female plant is barely doing anything - not sure if it was less healthy going into winter. I may have to go pick up another one if this doesn't make it. At this point they're literal sticks in pots, but I'm thinking some kind of broom for styling.

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Both have leafed out pretty wildly although the male (left) continues to be more vigorous than the female plant. I think the spring growth will harden off in a few more weeks and I'll have a look at branch selection/height. I think I can see spots on both where many branches are coming out of the same height on the trunk, which is promising.

Edit: although now thinking about it, the trunks are still pretty skinny. Should I just let them go for the year?

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