its a bit hard to see, but we now have a few shoots that are just short of the roof height. each of the 6 plants now has multiple new shoots, even the westernmost plant that has been seemingly dormant has 2 hearty looking shoots popping up.
supposedly this variety can go 10-15 feet in height in our zone. we didnt really believe that until now. we can actually detect significant growth each day on the new shoots. its looking our little friends are gonna make it here in the big city