Kiwi's Small Bald Cypress

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Hi all,

I Purchased 2 bald cypress trees a few months ago in autumn and have waited for the best time (that I thought) to come along and chop them down.
I decided to chop the thickest trunk one of the 2 that I have and maybe plant the other one in the ground for a few years.
So yesterday It was a nice day and decided to get the job done and chop the big one up.
It had a pretty good root system on a good root plan lower down so end up taking only about 50% of the higher roots off (you can see the scares)
it also had surprisingly good root flare developing lower down (wish I took a pic)

should I have cut lower?

here are the results.

059 is the front.
 

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How low to chop really depends on your vision. Low chops add better taper but take longer to grow back to full height. Higer chop can be used if you intend to go for a flat top mature BC style.
That chop will do for now. Wait for all the new shoots to grow a bit then you can choose the best on for a new leader and recut the trunk on an angle to give best taper and direction.
BC and Dawn redwood both seem to grow great basal flare without much help so what you have discovered below ground is normal rather than the exception.
Plenty of water over summer. Even stand the pot in a shallow tray of water for most of summer. These are swamp trees and do not like getting dry.
 

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NZ NZ represent represent.

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