I am not a tree-care expert, having invested most of my mental capital into herbaceous plant stuff. But I know enough to be dangerous: spiraling/strangling roots and narrow crotch angles are bad news. But at what point do they become “unfixable”? So I’m asking my illustrious colleagues and diligent readers (a.k.a “all y’all) for advice.
We have a lovely specimen in our campus Horticulture Garden…Acer ‘White Tigress’ – a hybrid between A. davidii and A. tegmentosum – also known as snake-bark maple. Probably been in the ground for 18 years or so. Lovely buttery fall color, gorgeous stripey bark.
This tree, as we say in Georgia, “has more problems than a show dog.”
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Bit of constriction there, mid-way up.
Some interesting crotch angles, too…
But here’s the kicker (I can hear Linda hooting it up from here…)
This poor gal is obviously a “what not to do” teaching tool.
But the question is:
Can this tree be saved? Discuss.