Gnarly Privet

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Disclaimer: this was my first air layer, and I had to remove early because the neighbor called in the hedge trimmer man (who am I to say anything, they're paying for it).

If it survives, I'll document progress here. No idea where I want to take it; I'll have to stare at it awhile now that it's down, and choose trunk lines and chop points next year.

I was hoping for lower roots, guess I should have done the ring lower (again, this is my first attempt ever. Live and learn). Maybe I'll get some and be able to select in spring.

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Thats a really nice piece of material, hope it makes it. Definitely keep in some shade while it roots more, I would say its pretty likely to survive with the right aftercare.
Thanks! It was the most interesting spot I found on my side of the hedge. I'll have to search it a bit more for next spring. They are cutting it back hard this year.

It's definitely in the shade; on the north side of a maple hedge. Might get a very very tiny amount of dappled light where it is now.
 

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Definitely see why you wanted to layer that. Impressive piece. Hopefully will continue to put out roots.
 

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WoW interesting where the roots shot from :oops:. You didn't even needed to do the girdle...
It really wants to live. I've got high hopes for it for sure. Very good material. Good luck with it mate.
 

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A couple days after I separated the air layer, my wife asked me to get rid of a couple pieces of the hedge that escaped and were encroaching the lawn. This was post-hedge-prune.

I kept one... Seems to be doing fine; new buds popping.

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I bet it will pull through. I've seen privet put up with darn near everything and survive. Nice start.
 

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The air layer seems to be continuing to root well; there are roots coming out of the bottom.

I haven't seen any new growth up top yet though.

I'm guessing that the roots still haven't caught up with the amount of foliage I left.

Couple questions for the future:

Best time to do a hard cut back of the trunks (provided it is recovered)? Late winter as with most deciduous?

How likely are privet to abandon trunks without foliage?
 

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Love how you anchored it in to the dish with the block of wood and screws!!

The tree looks fabulous, There's loads to go at!!

Some years ago I trimmed a privet hedge hard back and stuck a few cuttings in the ground, They need digging up now as they're taking over that bit of the garden!! :rolleyes: 🤔


John 👍👍
 

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Love how you anchored it in to the dish with the block of wood and screws!!
Thanks; can't take credit for it, I saw or read about it somewhere. I still added two wire tie downs to really cement it in.
 
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