Yaupon Holly part 1

A clump of ilex was part of the original landscape of the house next door, going back to the 1950s. They had grown together, and my neighbor (whose brother had planted them 60 years before) wanted them removed. I obliged in 2012:

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I dug all three, eventually sold two and kept this one:

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Whose training began when I sawed it flat and planted in the ground:

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It had a solid year of growth…slow at first, but the purple new growth is evident after a few weeks:

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By repotting time 12 months later, in March 2013, it was full:

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By mid-summer 2013, it was strong enough to make some decisions on trunk line. This required removing heavy, boring branches to expose a potential trunk line. One big challenge was the branch appearing right up the front. It has no taper or movement, and worse, it obscures everything behind it. Unfortunately, it meant creating a large wound on one potential front:

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While it looks a bit goofy at this point, the overall tree does show some signs of taper and movement:

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All cuts were sealed with cut paste:

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Then it was allowed to recover for a few months until fall:

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When I decided to work it and wire it as a warmup exercise to fall work…

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