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Post  Zach Smith on Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:19 pm

This specimen was collected in January 2011, and has grown quickly enough that I've just about got the structure completed.  This year I put it into a beautiful Paul Katich pot that complements the tree perfectly.

Comments welcome.

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Post  Guest on Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:42 pm

Hi Zack

Elegant tree.....what would be the latin name?

kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Zach Smith on Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:38 pm

Yvonne, it's crataegus viridis.

Thank you for the kind words.

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:36 pm

fantastic branch structure for so short a time,

i'd let the leader grow freely though for a while longer as the step down from main trunk to the top section is still quite severe. building the crown from 2 or 3 further 'chops' will smooth the taper less artificially.

it loves what your doing up until now though so keep doing the same and post more pics when it flowers etc

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Post  Zach Smith on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:52 pm

Thanks, Marcus.  I've been through two or three iterations of the grow and reduce technique at the apex already.  I recently shortened once again (you may be able to see where it was cut), and will allow a new leader to grow freely into next season.  It shouldn't take more than a couple more times to finish this off.

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:18 pm

hi zach,

yes I see the upper cuts - if you choose to give the current leader a good 4 or 5 ft extension it would lose the sudden step from the barked section to the newer silver section (an angled cut is a short cut that never looks really natural long term) then the upper tree will be really excellent. As the tree seemingly grows so fast this will pay dividends in 5 or 6 years time when the chop has disappeared totally. if you decide to let the leader grow freely you can do the same on lower branches at the same time so they thicken up in proportion to the overall tree size. 

v. nice tree in the making you have there

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Green hawthorn

Post  moyogijohn on Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:12 am

Zack ,,, your tree is looking very good !!! nice work so far with it in this time..  i wish i could find a hawthorn to work with..  please keep it posted   take care  john

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Post  Zach Smith on Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:54 am

marcus watts wrote:hi zach,

yes I see the upper cuts - if you choose to give the current leader a good 4 or 5 ft extension it would lose the sudden step from the barked section to the newer silver section (an angled cut is a short cut that never looks really natural long term) then the upper tree will be really excellent. As the tree seemingly grows so fast this will pay dividends in 5 or 6 years time when the chop has disappeared totally. if you decide to let the leader grow freely you can do the same on lower branches at the same time so they thicken up in proportion to the overall tree size. 

v. nice tree in the making you have there

cheers
Yes, the extension is usually about 3 feet or more before I cut.  The trick in this work is to maintain taper by allowing the leader to grow long then cutting back to a point roughly three times the thickness of the section in length.  I've found this to work well.

As for the branches, what I do is let a bud close to the trunk extend upward each spring in order to thicken the base.  These have been removed for this year.

Thanks again for the kind words and input.

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