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GastroGnome

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Groundsel tree?
« on: July 14, 2010, 02:58 PM »
Does anyone have any experience working with groundsel tree(also known as sea Myrtle and salt bush)?
I collected several this spring, as the trunks had very interesting shapes, good taper, nice nebari, and bark with a
patina of age.  They also flower prettily.  So far they're filling out nicely, creating good ramification within a half season,
I was just wondering if anyone had any experience or had tried using the species, so I can better identify pitfalls and make the best of positives.   
 

bwaynef

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Re: Groundsel tree?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 09:27 PM »
It certainly has some interesting names.  Do you know the Latin name for it?  (I'm about to look it up myself.)  My question should illustrate for you that I don't have the experience you're asking about, but I'm interested now.  Do you have any pictures?
 

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Re: Groundsel tree?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 07:43 AM »
I have tried a couple of them for the reasons you gave - good bark etc. Only I collected them and chopped the trunk and put them in the ground. They sprouted profusely, but the cows got to them once and ate all the new growth. They didn't put out any more. I guess what I'm saying, is to be careful of too severe pruning. They seem to use all of their reserves in one shot.

I've got my eye on a few more that I'm going to experiment on.

How about some pics of yours?
 

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Re: Groundsel tree?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 11:24 AM »
Thanks for the replies.  the Latin name is Baccharis halimifolia, also known as Silverling.  Jay, I've had exactly the opposite experience with this tree.  Unlike my burning bushes, which only seem to put out one good spurt yearly, I've been cutting these back continually all season and getting tons of ramification.  I am getting a little leaf burn(but here in the sweltering Mississippi sun, very few trees in pots DONT sunburn!). I'll try to post some pictures later today.  I've never gotten them to work from my phone.
 

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Re: Groundsel tree?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 11:20 AM »
How are the pictures coming?  If you need help let one of us know.