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Texas Ebony (Re)styling Question

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Post  timahlen Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:06 pm

One of my favorite trees is this Texas ebony.  Over the last ten years, it has suffered dieback of both its back branch and its second branch, leaving a very lopsided profile.  To restore balance in this tree, it seems like I have three options: (1) hope that the adventitious bud shown in the closeup photo has a growth spurt strong enough to become a realistic looking branch (2) graft a branch to this same area of the trunk or (3) do an air layer that will result in a shorter trunk.  I'm good at hoping and waiting, not very good at grafting and have never air layered a Texas ebony of this size (2.5" in diameter at the base). Can anyone give me any suggestions?  Thanks in advance!

Tim Ahlen
Dallas TX
Zone 8b
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If I airlayer the trunk, shortening it by 1-1 1/2 inches, here are some virtuals of what it might look like.

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Last edited by timahlen on Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:40 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Added some virtuals that suggest what the trees might look like with a shorter trunk.)


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