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Copper Beech/Fagus

Post  BobbyLane on Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:32 am

I thought i had a thread on this one!

Here's a mini timeline of a Copper Beech i picked up from a hedging nursery, last jan, £20....a year on

2017-01-31_07-38-39 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-01-31_07-39-42 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-01-31_07-41-37 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-01-31_07-42-20 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

I knew it had a great set of branches, just a simple matter of getting everything into position really
2017-04-06_07-22-48 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-04-06_07-25-54 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

the roots system isnt bad and will get better
2017-04-09_04-31-21 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

apr 2017
2017-04-12_09-36-38 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Leaves beginning to show a purple tinge
20170412_215226 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Nebari
20170412_215215 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_4196 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-04-12_09-53-31 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

IMG_4217 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_4218 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_4220 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_4237 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

May 2017
IMG_4284 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

July 2017

IMG_4998 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Oct 2017
IMG_5698 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

However, its looking a little bare now as all the upper branches have been cut back on the tree and the lower branches left untouched
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Post  AlainK on Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:02 pm

Very nice evolution in only one year's time! thumbs up

Yet, I tend to think that the top would benefit from a lower pruning, like:



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Post  BobbyLane on Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:58 pm

Cheers Alain, hmm ive thought about shortening the tree, even as far as the first branch on the right! who knows, in time, when that first right branch is fat enough, you could see this tree drastically reduced, the taper would be far better. but then when i look again, its still a nice chunky tree with less taper but will be more impressive for its ramification rather than taper. beeches tend to look quite nice with muscular n chunky trunks too.
the branch you chose is actually one that ive already pruned off. i pruned all the heavy bits out of the crown and just left the leader and some thin shoots. there are so many dormant nodes/buds on the trunk that ive decided to rebuild this tree and have the option of placing every future branch exactly where i want it. 1 there will be no bar branching.. 2 the final image will be a balanced tree where the lower shoots are the strongest and i will get more thickening from the base up. rather than chop to the first right branch, ive decided to try it this way.
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Post  Richard S on Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:11 pm

Yet another nice tree.

I've read that Copper Beech are less vigorous than the common green Beech but in my garden the opposite seems true! They grow fast and back bud well but wire scarring can be a problem (as are fluffy aphids) although you probably already knew this;)

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Post  BobbyLane on Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:58 pm

Hi Richard, ive also found the copper beech even to be more vigorous than some of my green beeches. ive never had any insect problems, but i also keep up with the sprays every so often, prevention better than cure!

Here's one of my green beech i did some styling on earlier....i got it in june 2017

IMG_4690 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_4691 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
20170719_204614 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
20170719_203626 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
20170719_203036 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_5245 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Naked
2017-12-31_06-42-01 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Today
IMG_6418 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_6421 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

or maybe, virt
IMG_6418 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

bit added drama with the windblown look, i like it a lot, going to slip it onto a slab in a few weeks!

Love to see some updates on some of your trees, Richard Cool
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Post  BobbyLane on Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:34 pm

So, ive decided to make some changes to this tree. for a while the taper on the tree has bothered me and from some angles the trunk was just very straight and boring. if i have an opportunity i like my tree to be pleasing from multiple angles. i also felt there was a great opportunity to develop considerable taper and movement in the tree with the first right branch. its a very vigorous branch and has some decent development and i can literally build a new canopy with this branch alone....i think it will thicken rather quickly, ive decided not to put it in the ground, i want full control, i want to enjoy watching it develop...

chopped!
2018-01-24_12-07-30 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

and styled, the new angles make better use of the very good nebari
IMG_6426 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

From this angle the nebari is very good, this chop will be made into a slightly extended hollow
IMG_6428 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

There are some dormant nodes on the low trunk which will be developed and be part of the design but they will also aid development
IMG_6429 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
IMG_6432 by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

may seem harsh to some, but im much happier with the outcome, the tree will be a higher quality tree in the future...
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