I have a European Hornbeam in training and it is late summer approaching autumn in Virginia. Is it normal to have buds that look like they're swelling throughout the tree this time of year? Thanks for any pertinent info.
Probably if the tree is very healthy and strong.
Wouldn't recommend it....
However, in early spring, before bud break, I usually do some trimming, which removes many of those buds that formed in the fall.
And the produce plenty of new growth.