Weird trunk on nursery stock

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Got a small Hogyoku Maple I saw at ace hardware. Trunk was cut pretty weird though by the staff there it looks like. Any thoughts how I could work this out? Or should I find some new material….
Was thinking about just clipping off that old branch base and part of the trunk, unsure if this would kill the tree though.
 

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I think what you're looking at there is a graft site, not artfully done. If you cut too low you'll get the root stock, not the variety you paid for.
 

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Not the easiest thing to work with, better be careful around the graft than sorry, its very easy to cut too much and maybe afect the vascular flow
 

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I think what you're looking at there is a graft site, not artfully done. If you cut too low you'll get the root stock, not the variety you paid for.
Makes total sense now that it's a graft. I didn't know this was a common practice among JPM.
 

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almost all the comercial avaible japanese maples specially selected cultivars are grafted, they grow more quickly and are more hardy
 

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