Chinese privet Styling assist

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Chinese privet Styling assist

Post  akhater on Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:11 pm

I found this Chinese privet last year when it was left by it's owner as dead. I took it in repot it and nurse it and it responded pretty well.

Today, one year later, it is doing great but the top part died (marked in black in the picture)

any help / ideas /virtual about how to style it would be welcome

thanks

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Re: Chinese privet Styling assist

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:07 pm

It's probably just as well that the top part died. You had no taper up there at all and even the shape didn't help. I'd use that right hand branch as the new leader. I'd also suggest that if you are sure the tree is healthy you need to start some severe pruning in the hopes that you can get some foliage in closer to the main trunk.

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Re: Chinese privet Styling assist

Post  akhater on Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:30 pm

Hello Jim

thanks for the valuable input, I had not considered the tapper point of view before.

Yes the tree is very healthy and vigorous, it is sprouting roots like crazy through the box in permanence

on the styling side could you image the tree as is (main trunk line) without going any higher/bigger?

Do I start with pruning this or better to repot and let not chop?


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Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:26 pm

I think I'd prune it first. Repot next year. I don't think you will use any of the branches off to the left.

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