Trident Maple in the ground
Here is a cutting from a trident maple that came from Gary Wood in ’02. It was rooted in early 2007 about pencil-thick, planted in the ground in mid-summer, and left to grow in place through present time. (The parent tree is right behind it).
Here is a photo of the tree, circled in red and yellow taken in early 2008, after growing for one season; 2007.
Here is the same tree, taken at the end it’s second growing season; 2008. The tree is circled again in red and yellow.
It grew to about 10′ tall in ’08, and ended up up about 1″ thick just above the soil. It had a goofy bend in the trunk that is still visible in this photo, but smoothed out during the 2009 growing season. This one seems to have a tendency to flatten out, so I’m watching it to understand what causes it to flatten, and how I can compensate; maybe by rotating it when I dig it up to do root-work.
The parent tree is right behind this one. I had higher hopes for it, but a pruning cut made probably too early in the year resulted in the tree drying up on the front, and I’ll have to end up cutting it back to ahead of the first cut again. The base and roots are good, so it shouldn’t be a problem…just lost the movement for the time-being.
Here is the tree as of January ’10; circled in yellow. The trunk diameter is about 2.75″ just above the soil level, and the height is about 16′. I dug it up in the spring to do some root work, and cut it back to a few inches tall.
Dug, bare-rooted, pruned, and stuck in a 3-gallon can in 3/10.
The trunk came along nicely, but it lacks any real taper and movement. If the nebari develops nicely, I might style it as an upright. If it’s irregular, I will chop the trunk again and try to get some movement in a way that accentuates the look of the nebari.
End of November ’11:
And, the end of November ’12: