Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:26
I would never grow anything up a dead tree. It always looks like a dead tree and eventually falls over taking your climber with it.
the bark scratching is much quoted but sometimes means your shrub has not been dead long. There's a look of a shrub that's dead, no swelling buds, dead leaves still on, wrinkles in the smaller branches. It just looks dead. It may be that you'd get a few shoots from somewhere and it isn't quite dead everywhere. But how long would you want to look at what you've got there?