Choosing a new front

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Hi. Reporting this terminal is fontalia soon and I was wondering if I should change the front. First image is the current front and third image has the widest base. Fifth image has an interesting hollow though. Would be great to get opinions.
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Oh sorry. The photos didn’t load. 1 is the current front. 2 has the widest base. 3 has an interesting hollow.
 

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One looks great. Two is OK. Three is my choice. It looks absolutely ancient with that hollow. I love hollows, some do not.
You have some obvious rot and I wonder if it is still a process going on. In any event it should be cleaned up IMO.
 

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I would remove it mechanically by carving and using a wood preserver on what is left as part of the feature. If this is new to you I would get help from someone experienced. That one large dead root is of concern to me. There are probably other issues as well.
 

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I vote for the current front, #1, but I would replant and lean the tree forward. I would also clean up / reduce the deadwood on the front root. Once you lean the tree forward, that root will go down into the ground, leaving you with a beautiful buttressing base.
 

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I vote for the current front, #1, but I would replant and lean the tree forward. I would also clean up / reduce the deadwood on the front root. Once you lean the tree forward, that root will go down into the ground, leaving you with a beautiful buttressing base.
I agree that this is the most attractive view, I'm just a sucker for hollowed out trees.
 

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Hmmm. Yeah. The current front seems to make the most sense especially when I consider the branches. Might have to lose a branch if I change the front.
 

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OK, so maybe this is unorthodox, but I think I would have this plant in a round pot, or a hexagon, so I could enjoy multiple views.
 

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i could do that. But I’d still need to decide on a front so I’d know how to wire the branches.
 

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the Hole in the trunk regularly fills w water. Should I fill it or drill a drain hole or just leave it alone?
 

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Removed the putty that was placed in by the previous owner to check the condition of the wood. Found a nest of ants in a couple of really big holes. This is about two inches in diameter. How do you guys deal w holes? Do you fill them up or carve out a drain? This is at the tip of the trunk before it bifurcates.
 

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Removed the putty that was placed in by the previous owner to check the condition of the wood. Found a nest of ants in a couple of really big holes. This is about two inches in diameter. How do you guys deal w holes? Do you fill them up or carve out a drain? This is at the tip of the trunk before it bifurcates.

Are you trying to heal over the hole, or make it a feature? If you want to heal it, fill it with epoxy to let the tree grow over more easily. If you're going for a feature then drill a drain.
 

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I would go with #1 also. I don't like seeing the hole in front, it's sort of 'in your face' and I don't think it's nearly as good as photo 1.

Also agree that it appears to be leaning back and if you want to see it differently use a wedge of wood to tip it forward so you can see it from different angles.

Think a different pot would be a plus too. Think a rectangle works but something much simpler.

Lovely tree though.
 

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Will try to lean the tree forward. I’d like to cover the holes if I could or leave it if it won’t hurt the tree. They’re not visible from the front anyway. But I’m especially concerned w the hole on top. It’s quite huge.
The second hollow I could probably patch up and leave the third?
 

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It is your tree and I can see no right or wrong, just opinions. I see all of these holes as features personally. That is just another opinion.
 

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Thanks.
It is your tree and I can see no right or wrong, just opinions. I see all of these holes as features personally. That is just another opinion.
Just wanted to keep the tree healthy.
 

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