Crepe myrtle, 3 years from a cutting.

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Crepe myrtle, 3 years from a cutting.

Post  PeacefulAres on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:03 am

I thought I would post a few pictures of one of my crepe myrtles. It was grown from a large cutting and all of the primary branches are from scratch.

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Post  beer city snake on Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:46 pm

someone might suggest you switch fronts...

i am not one of them Wink

very nice and i look frwrd to seeing this one again,
when it is full of crepes and myrtles Laughing

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:52 pm

Agree w/ Kevin, but what is that gunk smeared over the trunks on the front view.  Of all trees in the world crape myrtle needs cut paste the least.  You should be using a Dremel and carefully incorporating the scar into the tree's design.

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Post  PeacefulAres on Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:40 pm

JimLewis wrote:Agree w/ Kevin, but what is that gunk smeared over the trunks on the front view.  Of all trees in the world crape myrtle needs cut paste the least.  You should be using a Dremel and carefully incorporating the scar into the tree's design.

It's a non toxic sealant called mod podge mixed with gray paint. I agree with you that crepe myrtles don't usually need a wound sealant but when I did my original carving, the trunk on the right was only attached by a about 1/8 of an inch of sap wood. The sealant was just an attempt to prevent die back, and it has actually kept the dead wood very hard in the areas that I painted. It was just an experiment, and I'll probably take it off with the sanding weed from dremel soon Surprised

beer city snake wrote:someone might suggest you switch fronts...

i am not one of them Wink

very nice and i look frwrd to seeing this one again,
when it is full of crepes and myrtles  Laughing

Thanks, it should be a fun tree to grow out and refine.

Even though I like unorthodox trees, that back side isn't very appealing to me.

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