Metasequoia glyp. 'Miss Grace'.

davesconifersJune 17, 2014

This was a substantial tree last year.

Last winters cold spell left little to work with. The top 18 inches of the main leader died along with all the major limbs back to about 12 inches of the trunk. A thought came to me to cloud prune. I had to salvage something of this beautiful tree.

I kind of like it and might keep it this way unless it becomes to much of a project.


This post was edited by Davesconifers on Wed, Jun 18, 14 at 12:10

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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Looks like a nice salvage job to me.
Looks like you're about to join The Weirder the Better Club.
Hey Ken, we have a new member!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:56PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

oooo-wheee ...welcome

i never heard the term cloud prune ... perfectly apt ...

good luck with the plant... when it returns to vigor.. i have a feeling it wont last long ... unless you really enjoyed the decorative pruning ...


    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 7:14AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

That was a nice job, Dave. You'll have to do follow-up posts so we can see how it responds.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:30PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Would be interesting to see if it backbuds or not. If it doesn't it will look pretty sweet.

Love to see a pic in fall.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 3:30PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

There is cloud pruning and then there is krumholz pruning. Krumholz pruning is done to show the direction of a strong prevailing wind, like you would see on a windswept ridge in sub-alpine country. That's my favorite type of landscape.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 4:16PM
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I have a Miss Grace Dawn Redwood in a container. It's about 5 ft high and struggling. We brought it up to our house in Drake(7000ft) from Denver and the drive may have stressed it out. I have given it various high end fertilizers and obviously watered it but it is getting a little brittle on top and losing it's needles. We were told that we could keep it in the container but now I wonder it that is the problem. Any thoughts? Thanks Jay

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 8:39PM
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I would yank it from the pot to look for root issues. If OK then plant it in the ground provided it is not to late in the season in your area. The 7000 ft. plus you don't mention your zone is a red flag for correct answer. You need to add that to your page AKA My Page.

Do not add fertilizer or soil amendments when you transplant.


    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 10:20PM
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