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Is this Birch tree dead?

Discussion in 'Trees' started by hedgefog, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. hedgefog

    hedgefog Gardener

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    Our Birch tree was getting too high about 30 ft, and has too many branches blocking view in the back garden.

    So I went up on a ladder and sawed it into half. The trunk fell onto the ground leaving half of the trunk, but while doing so, I also took off many branches which looked rotting, twisting ..etc

    Now the tree is about half the height, but only one or two branches left with some leaves. It still haven't dropped leaves or wilted away.

    But I was just wondering if it will revive, and grow again come next spring.
     
  2. Clare G

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    If you can post a photo of it @hedgefog some of the tree experts will be better able to advise.
     
  3. hedgefog

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    Will do. Thank you Clare G.
     
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    How old is the tree? I have a youngish silver birch, about 10-15 years old. It was too top heavy and I wanted it bushier. Two years ago we did what you’ve done, cut the top half off. It’s now a nicely shaped tree and growing well.
     
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    • hedgefog

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      It is about 7 - 8 years old. Yes, top was very heavy. Now cut in half and only 1 - 2 branches left.

      Hopefully it will start growing again.
       
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      Im guessing youvve over done it. Taking off a third at a time max is safe anymore and it may never recover. You didnt say when you trimmed it. If it was in the Spring then its toast as it will have bled out.
       
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        If you have done it recently my bet is it will survive.

        But its probably going to look pretty awful for a year or two.:smile:

        And will need further lighter pruning to shape it up next year, but not in spring.
         
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          Yes, it had been done a week ago.
           
        • Mike Allen

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          Truly such a beautiful looking tree. Everything about it says. Look at me. It's often whispery branches against a dramatic sky, to the poet or artist, who could ask for more. Sadly despite all it's attributes it remains so often a short lived tree. Strange really, as if you check out the geographical domains. It can be found in practically all areas. Amongst gardeners in general, the Sycamore is more often than not called. The weed of the forest. However from my limited study, the Birch...Fagus sylvaticus tends to outnumber it. At face value. The wood appears to be dying, rotting in fact yet the tree lives on. If downed by a storm, soon vertical gowths appear. I'd like to venture on a journey into the Birch. Any member with a scienticic interest willing to come along>
           

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