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I’ve been working to develop the branch on my trident maple for several years, but progress has been slow. This year I’m trying something different to see if I can speed up the process.
I usually stop new outbreaks run a bit before cutting them and defoliate the tree 2-4 times a year depending on their strength. This year I will keep new growth in check by maintaining tree silhouette throughout the growing period. To do this, I’ll cut all vigorous shoots as they emerge, even if it is to work on the tree every few days.
That’s the plan anyway – which is in early April and now I’m back! You can see in the picture below the apex has rounded out some and some buds are breaking away from the silhouette.
trident maple – Healthy apex
make cuts me all shoots emerging from the overall silhouette and left only the inner branches. When new leaves harden off, it will be time to defoliate -. Another opportunity to reduce shoot elongation
After removal of the new
I’m waiting for the maintenance of vigorous shoots in check will improve the balance of the tree. If, however, I do not see much progress for the end of the year, I’ll look to try another approach next spring.
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