Juanita es muy fea

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So I run a lot in my city and I scope out trees while I run. One day I saw in someone's front yard a ridiculously ramified Japanese maple stump. So I knock on their door and the lady doesn't speak English. So her daughter translates and I offer to buy the trunk for $100. They were super excited because she didn't like the maple shading her roses and kept chopping it back. That's how I came to own "Juanita"

Spring 2019
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I came to find much of the structure here is dead wood
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The main trunk rotted away forming an uro
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After removing the dead wood, there were 5-7 main trunks
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2020

The first year I just got it into a box with field soil. But in Spring of 2020 I looked at the roots and they were awful. I considered the rootage a lost cause. and decided to ground layer it in June of 2020.
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2021

It has been ground layering since June 2020. Now is the time to separate
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Nice rootage!
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A couple bare areas will need grafts next year
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In a pot now. It's hard to visualize the strange structure of this tree in a picture. The pot is 14" across. I will make a very dense clump canopy with 5-7 trunks forming a single unified rounded canopy.

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