Tibouchina urvilleana

rswcpaAugust 6, 2010

The Tibouchina urvilleana in my front yard is one of the reasons I bought my house. It is glorious - a real eye-catcher. At least 6-1/2 feet tall, with a beautiful shape. Tonight when I came home, though, I found half of it on my front lawn. I'm heartbroken. I just found a USDA fact sheet that describes it as "susceptible to breakage at the crotch due to poor collar formation". Now I'm not sure what to do. Do I dig it up and plant a new one? Cut it back and hope it reshapes itself? Any ideas?

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I think you can save it. I would not dig it up. Al

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 8:54AM
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It will probably sent up new shoots from the roots. A few winters ago all of the tibs here were frozen back to the ground. A friend of mine tried to pullt the roots out with his pick-up with little success.

It sprouted many new shoots from those roots (some of which were the size of my leg and grew under the house right below the woodstove) and it grew to be a nice size again for several years until getting frozen back last winter.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 4:33AM
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