Trunk Chop -Pistache chinensis

Mic E

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I was planning to chop a 5-gallon, 7-ft tall pistache to about 3 feet, and was wondering the best time of year to do it.

There are no branches that low--they start about 5 ft up. Should I chop there instead, wait a year or 2 for recovery, and then chop again to about 3 ft or just take the risk and chop to 3-ft now?

Any idea if the chopped material (hardwood) would make viable cuttings this time of year?

Thanks!
 

Mic E

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Hmm..no replies...must get some attention. This seems to always get some replies.

So I bought a bonsai at the mall, no idea what is is, and it came in a pot with pebbles cemented in. What do I do now?
 

Jason

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Hey that worked;)....I know nothing about Pistache chinensis.
 

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I can't stop laughing......

I know nothing about pistache either .... but you sir earn the "made me ROFLMAO" award for the day!
 

Mic E

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Thanks guys :rolleyes:

All seriousness aside, I'll treat it like most other deciduous trees and whack it this spring just as the buds swell, and post some pics when and if it recovers!
 

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It would help to know where you are. Trunk chops are done in the springtime in temperate zones...Chopped material on most temperate zone tree that's over a half inch or so stands little chance of rooting.
 

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please forgive the reviving of the old thread. i have worked on a few pistaches. i have cut them back severely and they seem fairly durable. the issue seems to be in the creation of a convincing image. the petiole is larger, and it would seem that only larger specimens would look particularly good. also, their habit is straight up, and creating movement is a challenge. a point of interest about them- if left in strong summer light, the fall color is fantastic- deep oranges and reds. i think, in the hands of someone more talented than i, it would be an interesting plant to pursue.
 

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I was planning to chop a 5-gallon, 7-ft tall pistache to about 3 feet, and was wondering the best time of year to do it.

There are no branches that low--they start about 5 ft up. Should I chop there instead, wait a year or 2 for recovery, and then chop again to about 3 ft or just take the risk and chop to 3-ft now?

Any idea if the chopped material (hardwood) would make viable cuttings this time of year?

Thanks!
So I just bought a 5 gallon pistache with decent movement at the base and good looking root flare. I got on bnut to see if anyone else had tried a trunk chop and only found this old thread. I was wondering how your chop went Mic E?
 
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