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Double Trunk Trident

Post  jimlau on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:33 pm


This is a trident maple I may purchase.  Any suggestions on what direction to go with it?
 
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Post  jimlau on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:49 pm

Maybe something like this as a way to go?
 

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Post  Jake16 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:24 pm

First that ugly root has to go. Second here is my idea. I like the one with out the really low branch better, but thats just me. Hope it helps Smile







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Post  Jake16 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:30 pm

Tried to resize them and they are still big. Sorry.

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Post  marcus watts on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:07 pm

before we get too excited about the twin trunk is there any life in the (as yet) bud-less smaller trunk? 

if yes just reduce the clusters of shoots on the main trunk to one in each area until the little trunk wakes up otherwise you will get ugly thick areas where lots of branches come from the same place. pick one upper shoot to be the leader and one at each spot to be branches, rub off the rest but always look for new buds in good places. Let the leader grow un-pruned for a few years to taper the trunk better then cut it back to half the height of the main trunk. always keep well placed new buds to be branches and rub off all others - to do the job in 5 years put it in the ground, to do the job in 10 leave it in a pot Rolling Eyes

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Post  jimlau on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:18 pm

thanks for the pics and advice. (sorry, my first picture was cut off too).

when you say pick a leader and let it grow, how high up should that leader be?  then I chop it and have to taper it again with a new leader I take it?

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Post  marcus watts on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:25 pm

the leader needs to grow long enough until it has a smooth transition between the lower trunk and the new section - it may end up 6ft high if the lower bit is quite thick - making a tapered trident trunk is a set of fixed steps - each time you make a new chop it needs to be shorter than the section before it ie lower trunk 10", chop 2 takes the tree to 16", chop 3 to 20", chop 4 to 22" and then build the crown - by allowing free growth each time the cuts heal over and eventually all but disappear

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