Field Grown Alnus Serrulata No. 2

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Dug this out today at a natives grower. It’s a old Smooth Alder , Alnus Serrulata. Doing to clean the dirt out a bit and trim back. Stay tuned for after shots and some feedback on future style.. I have a double or triple trunk in mind because alder dies back if you just cut all viable buds off as I’ve discovered.. but they bud back ferociously
 

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Nice material! Good bones it looks like.

So in your experience, are you saying that alder needs to be cut back to a visible bud to avoid dieback? Or in other words, the branch has a tendency to perish if cut back further than to a viable bud?
 

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Here’s the front I’m liking , let the tree recover then next year cut back down to make a twin or triple trunk , cut down to build taper and wire /position branches to rebuild taper on the lower branches as eventual new leaders. Last pic another option.
 

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Nice material! Good bones it looks like.

So in your experience, are you saying that alder needs to be cut back to a visible bud to avoid dieback? Or in other words, the branch has a tendency to perish if cut back further than to a viable bud?
Yeah in my experience as long as there is a viable bud or dormant bud , on a branch you cut back to.. it will pop buds further behind down or else you risk it suckering growth.
 

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@Colorado i might even expand those hollows and carve it out. They aren’t the best at healing over either the wood is soft and rots away too.. tricky tree but as long as the soil is highly water retentive or well watered , they are happy.. it’s a swamp bordering tree.
 

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@Colorado i might even expand those hollows and carve it out. They aren’t the best at healing over either the wood is soft and rots away too.. tricky tree but as long as the soil is highly water retentive or well watered , they are happy.. it’s a swamp bordering tree.

I have noticed the same thing on my Mountain Alder about the hollows. Guess alders just like to have Uro!
 

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I like the first view as a double trunk. Soft crumbly dead wood sounds appealing to me, easier on the tools
 
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