Headless forsythia

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Headless forsythia

Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:48 pm

I am seeking design help with this tree, after losing the large apex branch this past growing season, assuming that it survives the upcoming winter. Thanks in advance for your advice/help.
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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:09 pm

Tom, when the leader died how much of the base and root system went with it? You may just need to wait on this a while and see where it bottoms out. If a lot of that base ends up dead, maybe you could seperate the 2 halves. I don't know, but it seems like it may be too soon to be making any decisions.

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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:21 pm

Russell, as far as I can tell the remainder of the tree is viable including the base...your advice is sound. Thanks.
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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:29 am

Tom,
I like your tree. It reminds me of a mystical beast, or something of that nature. I am working on a couple of forsythia trees with exposed roots. The first thought which came to mind after viewing your tree was "... what would it look like as a root over rock planting?" Of course it would take time to start exposing roots. Next Spring is a good time to start. In the meantime, start looking for a nice rocks to work with.
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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:10 pm

Here is the tree in early spring 2012....the journey continues...
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Headless Forsythia

Post  moyogijohn on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:33 pm

HI TOM,,, Your tree looks good,,it is comming along nice !! I guess every thing is starting up like is here. I love spring ..take care john

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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:55 am

Hi Tom, I'm not sure if you are hiding the smaller trunk with a rock or if you pruned it off. With both trunks the tree looks like Dr. Doolittle's "push-me ... pull you" animal. With one trunk it looks like a snail.

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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Tom Simonyi on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Thank you, John....

Todd: The smaller trunk was a victim of further dieback over the winter... I am working on doing some carving to lessen the "snail-like" look.
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Forsythia

Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:29 pm

Blooms now open...

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Re: Headless forsythia

Post  Nemphis on Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:06 am

Why don't you try changing the plant's position in the pot?
At what I'm saying is that you could dug up the roots from the left part burrying in the right part(like the Titanic when sunked),by that the branch you have would become your new apex,the roots dug up would be some nice nebari,sort of some aerial roots,and you could even do some carving at the base of the right part.
(The left and right part are acording to the picture)

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