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will0911

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i know i already bought this tree but i was wondering what everyone else thought. i have never really asked others so i figured i would ask if you saw this would you buy it? BTW it was $15.00! just throwing that out there. i see a very natural tree but im probably gonna have to chop it back really hard down to those three thick branches/trunks and start over for a good convincing tree.

anyways heres the subject:


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any ideas are considered i wont get mad if its not worth it. ill just keep it anyways and prove you wrong!:) jk

thanks,

Will B.

P.S. the leaves look like that because i had it in too much shade so i moved it into the sun and the new shoots look much better.
 

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For $15, I don't think you went wrong. (Now if you'd spent $150, that would be another matter.)

I see several positive things, most important the fact that the three sub-trunks don't all emerge from the lower trunk at the same spot. If they did, you'd get a knob there sooner or later. As it is, you can make use of all three. I agree that you'll have to cut all three back pretty hard to build an interesting branching structure, but that's worth doing.

You also appear to have at least the start of a stable, interesting nebari. And bark of crape myrtle is always interesting to look at.

I'd say, good choice!
 

will0911

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Thanks treebeard55! i would have a hard time paying 150 for anything!!! lol i tried to use the existing branches but i think i finally have come to grips and will cut it back late late winter of earliest of spring!
 

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Neither. It is a crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica..
 
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jkl a crape myrtle, is a myrtle... is was at least when I last check ??? I figured it was, but the reason I asked was that when they are young, they both look the same...
 

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it is a crape myrtle. i thought myrtle was different?
 

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jkl a crape myrtle, is a myrtle... is was at least when I last check ??? I figured it was, but the reason I asked was that when they are young, they both look the same...

Myrtle's are in the genus Myrtus and family Myrtaceae. Crape Myrtles or Lagerstroemia is in the family Lythraceae. Common names fail once again.
 

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A crape myrtle is diciduous and a myrtle is not.
 
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sorry, my bad... I really didn't mean to say a crape myrtle was an "actual" myrtle...
and would like to thank everyone with the correction, wish you could all help me with my spelling as well... ha,ha
I originally asked if it was a myrtle, or a Jaboticaba... to which I thought one would find it pretty evident to which I was refering too???
 

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So yestrday I went ahead and reduced the three main trunks to about where I want them.
Here it is

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So now ill wait and let it grow for quite some time. Through the whole year probably next year. Ill post updates throughout.

Thanks for the help everyone!

Will B.
 

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