trunk chop

  1. D

    Trident maple trunk chop problems

    Hello all, I have a trident maple growing over a rock that I trunk chopped three seasons ago. No buds appeared after the first year. The second year I tried some grafting that did not take. This is the third season, and I’m at a bit of a loss. I know the tree is still alive because of the...
  2. B

    50+ year old landscape boxwood trunk cutting

    I found a 50+ year old boxwood that was intended for someone's yard, but never got planted. This thing has some height to it, and I want to scale it back. It has multiple trunks with a rather large main section where the trunks meet. Can I get away with chopping all the trunks at once, or would...
  3. Gsquared

    Has anyone ever done a severe chop on a copper beech?

    Wondering if anyone has reduced a large beech with a major chop? I saw one at a nursery and it doesn’t really have any branches on the lower part of the trunk where you’d want them. Root base and flare are good though. The first branch is about 16-18” up, so that would be the lowest to chop you...
  4. Cosmos

    Nursery ginkgo - good base, where/when to chop?

    Bought this ginkgo today. It sort of winked at me as I was browsing trees in the pouring rain, being small enough to fit in my car and 1/3 the price of the taller, less interesting ginkgos on offering. My instant feeling was "good wide base, not perfect (a bit of reverse taper) but interesting...
  5. music~maker

    Acer Palmatum - Looking for feedback/ideas

    Hey everyone, I just defoliated one of my maples and decided it's time to ask for a little input. This started out as a trunk chop experiment from pre-bonsai stock that I got back in 2009/2010. I've learned a ton from the process and would definitely do a number of things differently if I were...
  6. O

    Can You Trunk Chop a Larch (Larix Laricina)

    Can anyone tell me if you can trunk chop a larch below the first branch? and if so when? Thanks Chris
  7. cole morton

    Acer Palmatum material find

    I found this maple on a local classifieds website for $35. It seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up. I have never done a trunk chop before, but I think that is what this needs to get some taper going. This tree is also in urgent need of a repotting as the soil is quite poor, and there...
  8. H

    Bur Oak chop and collection

    Hello! I'm in eastern Iowa (5b) and have three Bur Oaks in a fence row I want to collect (pics tonight). First I want to try the 3-4" trunk, which has been pruned in past years about 2' high and is growing through a fence (I like the scars from the wire). Everything I find says chop and dig...
  9. Saddler

    How to cut off branches to get a nice heal over?

    I am looking for a resource that describes in detail how each species should have a branch cut off to get a nice smooth heal over. It seems that each species has different needs on how to make a fast smooth heal on major cuts and then the particular situation warrants a variation such as a...
  10. K

    Can i trunk chop a bare root flowering cherry? Has started to leaf out and has blossoms

    Local club was selling bareroot flowering cherry trees fairly cheap, 8 bucks for trees about 10 feet tall, 1"-2" diameter trunks. They are grafted onto bases with diameters of about 4". They have already leafed out, and have blossoms, and have no branches on the lower 2-3 feet of trunk. My...
  11. Grant Hamby

    Cut-Below-The-Graft Experiment

    I'm sure this has been done many times, but here's the idea: I got a couple weird Japanese maple varieties on clearance at a garden center. Both were grafted and both had long whips of the rootstock extending just below the graft. Last year I cut them below the graft so that the long whip...
  12. D

    Cork Oak Trunk Chop

    Looking to acquire a cork oak and have several options available. All options would require a trunk chop. Looking for advice on what would be best time of year to complete and any limitations on trunk size or any other precautions I should be aware of.
  13. hemmy

    Trident Chop Advice : This one got away from me a little

    Here's a trident that's been in the ground since spring 2014. I was envisioning a smaller tree (2-3" dia) with a more naturalistic canopy, but it's really starting to get top heavy where all the branches join. I probably should have removed a branch or 2 last year but was getting greedy on...