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Just given my Liriodendron (Tulip) tree a massive hair cut..

Discussion in 'Trees' started by Marley Farley, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Marley Farley

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    I finally had to bite the bullet and have the beautiful Tulip tree pruned... My green house had no sunlight, nor a lot of the garden and my poor tree was struggling. Wind damage.. The ground around it is very impacted. Last year it developed Chlorosis, which I tried to remedy in the Autumn and was successful to a point, but this year it eventually came again.. So when it had finished flowering and I had collected the seed it was all cut by hand no chainsaws
    This Autumn we are going to removed the top few inches of soil, aerate the ground again then deep feed and replace soil mixed with some clean gravel and wood chips.. On tree surgeons advice..
    So fingers crossed we have no chlorosis next year.. I know how stark and bare it looks now but it won’t for long, this is such a lovely tree..
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    Love my S in L... :yay:


     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I bet it will grow like the clappers next year Marley.:biggrin:
      Or is there the kind of thinking as with apple pruning, that by doing it late summer you stimulate flowers rather than growth?

      Do you think the seed will be fertile?
       
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        Cor Marley that got big ! I have three of those here, and cut the canopy by half every other year. They grow back again so quickly. They can get up to 35 metres or so I believe. I`ve tried growing one in a large container in the garden to see if restricting the roots will keep it a bit smaller. Fortunately the others are out on the field so they can get as big as they like without causing too much bother.
         
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        Tulip tree wood is used quite a lot these days for internal joinery.
        Imported from the USA.

        Not a lot of people know that:snorky:
         
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          It does look better mate and you have good light now for your green house and been cut nicely :blue thumb: and like pete said now you've cut it, it will grow well next year.

          Plants are like human hair give it a good cut and shampoo and it grows like the clappers ;)
           
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            Yes it certainly will Pete.. It does every time I have it trimmed not sure I will be successful but got to try the seeds.. I have this info on them.. I dandy know they wood was used like that Pete either.. It is a beautiful creamy coloured wood and might be brittle on the tree but when dried it is really hard and loses the brittleness..

            They are really beautiful graceful trees @Tetters I love this one and get very sentimental over it...!:thud::biggrin:
            One of my favourite trees... :SUNsmile:
             
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            Must say I've tried seeds from trees around here and never found any fertile ones.:smile:
             
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            I haven’t had much luck either except for Beech and the odd conked.. I have to give them a try though.. :doh::biggrin:
             
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              I meant specifically tulip trees.:smile:
               
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              Just been looking at your tree again Marley, and it seems there is another one growing there very close to Lirio ....I can see some different leaves there .. is it Ash....or maybe Rowan?
               
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              Yes Tetters there is a Rowan. From a seed my youngest grandson grew. It is too close really but he planted in memory of our old puss when he went so it has stayed but I keep it small.
               
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              Oops sorry Pete this will be my first time. Stratify for 60-90 days to start is what they say so I will let you know at a later date ;):biggrin:
               
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