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Grog

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Pasture elm
« on: June 26, 2011, 01:55 PM »
I've had a chance to dig up some elms from mom and dad's pasture/hayfield over the last two springs.  They've been munched on and bushhogged a fair number of times, putting some interesting character in some of the trunks.  We're re-fencing the field for hogs so I cleared out any of the decent looking elms I could find.  This is one of the trees from last year, they've mostly all recovered and seem to be thriving.  Like most trees dug around here their surface roots are negligible.  I guess that's the price to pay to have black gold for soil.

The trees are all volunteers from trees dad bought as chinese elms but people who've looked at the leaves don't think that's what they are.  Any ideas on type of elm or general comments on the tree appreciated.
 

tanlu

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Re: Pasture elm
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 11:31 AM »
Very cool trees! In my opinion, dug up trees are always better than mallsai...which is what I have(-__-).

I'm pretty sure they're Chinese elms, and even if they're no doubt elms.

I'm looking forward to see what you do with them.

T
 

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Re: Pasture elm
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 01:12 PM »
It looks like its growing pretty well.  I can't tell for sure where the branching really is on that tree, but for any of the branches you intend to keep, you might want to consider wiring it sooner than later to set the direction from the trunk.
 

Grog

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Re: Pasture elm
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 02:55 PM »
Thanks for the comments!  I'd actually just unwired and done a fairly major haircut on that first tree, here's a couple others I just pulled off the benches to work on this weekend.  The second one looks atrocious in pictures, I think the reverse taper can be cured and am probably going to cut the top third of it off to a likely looking leader.
 

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Re: Pasture elm
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 03:00 PM »
Funny, I had to run out and look at that second tree in the above post again and it really is as bad as the picture looks.  It looks like I could cut the top third off and layer or make a cutting right at the inverse taper but I'm not sure it'd be worth the trouble.
 

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Re: Pasture elm
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 03:05 PM »
Funny, I had to run out and look at that second tree in the above post again and it really is as bad as the picture looks.  It looks like I could cut the top third off and layer or make a cutting right at the inverse taper but I'm not sure it'd be worth the trouble.
Exactly what I was going to say.