Colorado Blue Spruce

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This is the tree I withdrew from the KnoB contest. As the summer drew on, I knew I was not going to be able to finish the work before hot weather set in, so decided to avoid endangering it.
 
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I've done some work on it and it will now wait untillate winter for the next steps. The first branch on this tree is a back branch of considerable size. Unfortunately, the foliage on this one grows right back toward the tree. I decided to lower the large, older portion of the branch and compress the foliage to embrace the branch.
 
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I protected the old bark with raffia and splines, then wired the branch. The guy wire is fairly heavy copper, probably 12 or 14 gauge. It is anchored by a screw I drove into the dead root. With an assistant holding the tree and twisting the slack out of the guy, I pushed the branch down and toward the left side of the tree.
 

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Hey Chris,

This is a good looking tree.... it is very odd that the back branch is growing like that, the way it comes back to the trunk. I would think it would be fairly simple to bend back though. Although there will always be a ton of movement right where it transitions from growing away from the trunk. It looks healthy though and I look forward to seeing where this tree goes in the future.

How long ago was it collected?

Keep us posted!

Jason
 
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I collected this tree in 1999, put it immediately in a growing bed at home, and didn't touch it until May 2005, when I potted it in this pot.
 

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