This is a small apple tree which I noticed growing alongside the horse's fence several years ago. I was planning to dig it up to transplant it but never got around to it and now it's too big. The last couple years, a central trunk has formed and grown nice and straight so I decided to let it grow and prune it into a walking stick. Took off a few larger branches which healed over nicely, and have been trimming new growth on the shank. This spring I saw a tiny leaf bud on the bit which will become the handle and decided to make it the nose of the cane. By pruning the rest of the tree, the growth energy is being directed into this tiny branch. It went from just a bud to nearly a foot in length over the last few weeks. I figure another couple of years and I'll cut it.