dwarf alberta spruce grafting

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dwarf alberta spruce grafting

Post  bucknbonsai on Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:41 am

Ive seen no good images online of dwarf alberta spruce and know they are poor candidates to work with. However I have been given an outrageously old very large tapered trunk its about 5 feet tall and all the foliage is as the ends of the branches. Does anyone know if grafting other spruce cultivars could be used in this situation? Im not familiar with if spruces graft well or if certain varieties mature bark would match the dwarf alberta bark. I was thinking of approach grafting rooted cuttings on limbs once I open it up enough for light to reach the inner portions. If it doesnt sound like it would work well just let me know, I could just use bald cypress or field grown tridents as my "big tapered trees" (which would also be much easier to work with as well)

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Re: dwarf alberta spruce grafting

Post  lordy on Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:41 pm

I tried to get the branches on my landscape tree to bend and stay, but no luck. I've had bricks hanging from 1" branches for 2 years with no effect. The tree is about 6 feet tall, and I used to think I'd like to try to put it into a container. Not any more. Life is too short.


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Re: dwarf alberta spruce grafting

Post  bucknbonsai on Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:02 pm

thanks lordy, that tree looks exactly like mine. probably not worth messing with.

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Re: dwarf alberta spruce grafting

Post  lordy on Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:07 pm

I do think they are worth pruning into something akin to bonsai style. I took a TON off mine about 4 years ago and have not touched it since. I think they get too full, as most are twin-trunk to begin with. However they can take on the look of a pom pom tree very easily if you are not careful.
The wood does burn well. My neighbor cut down a 12? footer several years ago. I got the trunk. It is some hard wood, and with all the branches splitting is out of the question. After seasoning for about 2 years I tossed a length into the fireplace. Worked well. Yes I get my chimney swept.

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Re: dwarf alberta spruce grafting

Post  bucknbonsai on Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:58 pm

maybe due to the good taper, one day if it dies it could be used as tanuki

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