Hackberry and privet update

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Do you recognize this tree?
It’s only been 26 days.

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How about from this angle?
Not yet?

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This one should be a dead give away.
When last we left this tree it looked like this:

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I love how quickly trees grow here in Florida. I’ll trim this one more time before winter at least. Go ahead, be jealous.

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Verdant, rampant growth; it’s grown at least 8 inches in less than a month.

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Here is the leader when last I showed it.

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I plan to cut it here where the scissors are pointing . I know, it’s hard to see. I blame the photographer. I’ll make sure to pass on all complaints to him

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Snip.

If you read the last post I said I would shorten the tree. If you go here you can read the original post. The leaves are greener and more turgid. Overall ,what I did last month made the tree happy.


A little clean up pruning, cut multiple branches and rub out the growth in the crotches (I said it, I did)

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I’m leaving the, uh, leaves. There is no need to cut them.

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I don’t plan on wiring it now. The bark is still green and tender and very tubular. If I restrict the fluid carrying capacity in such a young branch it could possibly cause it to wither. And die. And I would cry.

ON TO THE PRIVET

The privet project is progressing ahead of schedule. (click here to read it)

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This is how last you saw it.

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I chopped this one up on July 25. It is August 11. Amazing? It is more vigorous than some ficus I have.

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This was the growth less than a week after my initial styling.

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As you see, it will push buds just about anywhere.
It is this reason I’m not too worried about internode length right now. When I get the thickness and taper needed for a purty branch, it will pop buds everywhere.

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Much like an ilex, it will grow in every direction. The sun or gravity have no effect on the growth it seems.

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Buds, buds, buds. A stoners paradise.

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Just a light trim. I removed the new branches growing straight up, cut all the multiple buds from one point and cut some back to 2 leaves.
This privet, being semi-tropical, will continue to grow through the winter so it should develop very quickly. I could possibly put it into a finished pot next summer, if’n I had a hankerin’ to.

About adamaskwhy

Visual artist specializing in bonsai, mostly.
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