2 Day Workshops
Workshop on Japanese Maple 2
|Tree Name ||Japanese Maple
(Acer Palmatum) |
|Tree Origin ||Japan |
|Tree Height ||22" |
|Total years of Training ||5
|This 50 years old tree was found on a collecting trip to
Florida nurseries in 1996. This Japanese maple had a severe rot on both sides
of the trunk. Both lower branches came from the same area of the trunk and one
must be selected for the first branch, but if the other one was cut right at
the trunk there would be no continuous cambium connecting the lower live wood
with the upper tree growth. Unless something was done to keep this lower trunk
growing, otherewise the whole lower area would die. So, a shoot from the branch
that would be removed was curved down into a circle so that it could be grafted
both to the base of this branch and to the live cambium above the rotted part.
The branch to be removed was on the right in this front view. The back view was
chosen because the rotted part went below the soil line and its outline was
straighter and less interesting then on the front. |
summer after the grafts had introduced a new right branch and a back branch
from shoots off the grafts.
Since there missed branching to the right
between the lowest and the top of the trees, another shoot from the upper
growth was curved down and grafted to the first jog to the right at the sam
time the bridge graft was done in 1997.
picture shows how the tree looks in November 2000. || |
picture shows how the tree looks in Spring 2001.