This is an old, old tree. There are no tell tale scars on the trunk. Virtually scar-free, except for the evidence of one healed over scar where a branch used to be. But the bark is getting flaky there, too.How many trunk chops do you think were done? I ask cause you can’t see any....or is every kink a chop in history that is healed over.
Do you think I touch it? Why would I do that? If it falls off, it falls off, but I never, ever touch the trunk of any tree with delicate bark. Even when repotting. I hold it by the branches, or root ball. Only.The flaky bark is really nice! Just wondering, does it come of easily?
Do you keep the pieces if they do come off, to put them back with trickery (glue or pins,...) or does it regrow the bark?
we'll never know unless the producer tells us, but i think that the crown has been made by clip & grow (there's a narrowing of the trunk after that hypothetical cut) ->I seriously doubt this tree has ever been “chopped”. Cut back to control and direct growth? For sure. But a drastic chop? Extremely unlikely.
Do you think I touch it? Why would I do that? If it falls off, it falls off, but I never, ever touch the trunk of any tree with delicate bark. Even when repotting. I hold it by the branches, or root ball. Only.
Edited to add, there is a curl of peeling bark on the lower left, about 3inches below the lowest left branch. If I were to touch it, it would fall off. I ain’t touchin’ it! It won’t be there forever, it will fall off. But not by my doing!
Since you’ve never heard of it, you don’t know that the flaky bark is one of the defining characteristics of this cultivar. And removing the old bark would absolutely ruin this tree!A nylon brush will deal with it quite well. You could consider a copper wire brush but be carefull you might damage the living bark.
interesting cultivar. Never heard of it before.
Clem, I don’t know the exact age, but this thing grows extremely slowly. It was imported from Japan 25 to 30 years ago. Not by me. I’ve seen old pictures of it in various shows in California, and it already had that trunk 20 years ago.we'll never know unless the producer tells us, but i think that the crown has been made by clip & grow (there's a narrowing of the trunk after that hypothetical cut) ->
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