Author Topic: Maple stump --> forest planting?  (Read 2209 times)

leila

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Maple stump --> forest planting?
« on: April 11, 2012, 05:08 PM »
I dug an old maple stump out of the flower garden today.  It had been cut at the ground (I don't know when) and has several new branches growing out of it.  Initially, I thought maybe I could cut away the old stump and create a forest planting, but now that it's out of the ground and in my pot, I want to consider all the possibilities.  For now, it's in recovery.  But I thought I'd post a few pics here to see if anyone had any ideas.
 

leila

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Re: Maple stump --> forest planting?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 05:10 PM »
More pics
 

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Re: Maple stump --> forest planting?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 05:11 PM »
last pic, from above
 

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Re: Maple stump --> forest planting?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 06:52 PM »
That's an interesting stump with some really nice options. At first glance, it looks like it wants to be a fat sumo. Do you know what variety it is?
 

leila

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Re: Maple stump --> forest planting?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 06:59 PM »
I honestly don't know.  There are a couple of varieties that grow wild here.  Red Maple, Sugar Maple, and Silver Maple.  I haven't had the chance to consult my field guide as I'm currently house sitting.  There are a couple of stumps like this kicking around the yard, they seem hard to kill, which is good news for me.

ETA: After looking around the internets, I think probably Red Maple, which is Acer Rubrum?

If I was to try and make one tree out of this stump, instead of a forest, what should my plan of attack be?  Should I prune the branches to shorten the internodes?  What are my options for developing nebari?
« Last Edit: April 11, 2012, 07:34 PM by leila »