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plantmanky

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New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« on: October 04, 2011, 02:02 PM »
Hey Gang,

Just tought I'd post a picture of one of my Trident seedlings that has turned out to have a very nice rough bark.  It's rather unusual for Tridents to have this kind of Bark.  What do ya'll think?  I will start propagating it next summer.
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 04:02 PM »
That picture makes my eyes bleed just a little.

That said, the bark on that tree looks nice.  Its certainly worth propagating.
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 05:50 PM »
How long did it take for the bark to get rough like that?
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 06:27 PM »
bwaynef - Ouch!!!! bleeding eyes!

Andrew - This tree is from seed that I sowed about 7 or 8 years ago and I've been watching it for at least 3 years so the answer would be about 5 or 6 years from seed.  As a cutting grown plant it should only take 3 or 4 or maybe even less.
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011, 09:04 PM »
Randy,

Would you mind describing your process for taking cuttings?  I've not had much success with maple cuttings, though I've only tried a time or two.  I've got a Japanese maple that I would like to take cuttings from next Spring and could use some advice.
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 08:16 AM »
John,

Cuttings of deciduous trees and Maples in particular need to be taken when the wood is what is called "half-hard".  It is the period in mid summer (in KY around mid June or so) when the new spring growth has essentially finished and the tree is beginning to mature the wood.  I usually wait to see the last few leaves on a new branch just about mature, which tells me that it's ready.  Japanese maple will require that you pinch out the last set of leaves on the cutting before you strike it to eliminate the potential of vegetative growth.  Use a medium strength rooting hormone (I use hormodin #2).  A good rooting medium is 1/2 perlite, 1/2 ground sphagnum peat moss.  Keeping the cuttings in low light (about 50-60%) and making sure that the leaves stay moist is essential to success.  I have an automated system that sprays water, for 1 minute each hour from 7am to 7pm.  The species A. palmatum will root rather easily.  Some of the cultivars (particularly the smaller ones with short internodes) are rather difficult so your percentage of take will vary but for the easy ones you should expect 50-60 percent or higher to root.
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 10:44 AM »
Great bark you've got there!

How long do these types of  maple cuttings typically take to start producing roots?

Chris
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Great bark you've got there!

How long do these types of  maple cuttings typically take to start producing roots?

Chris

Chris,

The length of time is very dependent upon the cultivar.  In general, it's a 4-6 week process to get a good set of roots produced.

Randy
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2011, 11:58 AM »
Very cool Randy.  I've been on Brent Walston's waitlist for his "Evergreen's Roughbark" trident maple for the last three years, and finally my number has come up - I should be getting my tree next week, and am hopeful that it turns out like yours :)
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2011, 01:24 PM »
Very cool Randy.  I've been on Brent Walston's waitlist for his "Evergreen's Roughbark" trident maple for the last three years, and finally my number has come up - I should be getting my tree next week, and am hopeful that it turns out like yours :)

Very cool mcpesq817!  Brent must have a long waiting list.  I've seen the pictures of his roughbark trident on his website and it's seems to be more like an "alligator bark" but pretty none the less.  I'd love to see a more mature version of Brents tree to compare with.  Rough barks are difficult to come by so anyone that you have is a good deal in deed. 

Randy
 

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Re: New Rough Bark Trident Maple
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2012, 06:39 PM »
plantmanky

when taking cuttings do you use bottom heat?   i have in the past but my heating cord burnt up and if not needed will try without heat.   i have had good luck with tridents around now when pruning my group planting tops but use bottom heat .