Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Columnaris' lost its growing tip

MargaretHMSeptember 5, 2011

We have two of these tall junipers growing on either side of the entrance to our driveway. They were put in about three years ago and have done beautifully, nearly doubled in size. They're now about 8' tall each. I came back from vacation a few weeks ago to find one of them had lost its growing tip -- looks like it was sheared clean off, maybe in a thunderstorm?

I want the plant to keep growing and -- if at all possible -- to stay evenly matched with its partner across the driveway. There's a small shoot about two inches down from where the tip broke off. Will this become the leader? Should I help it? If wiggled it a bit and -- like most juniper wood -- it's not terribly flexible. I would hate to snap it off, too, by trying to tie it up into a vertical position.

Any advice? Thanks!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Will this become the leader? YES

Should I help it? NO

in 2 or 3 years.. we will prune out any duplicates ...

i will yell: NOTHING ELSE NEED BE DONE ...

NOTHING!!!!!

ken

ps: AND QUIT WIGGLING IT .. jimminey.. lol ..

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 3:39PM
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MargaretHM

Thanks! And no more wiggling, I promise. But what do you mean by prune out duplicates? You mean if more than one shoot is going vertical? Thanks again...

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 4:14PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

You mean if more than one shoot is going vertical?

==>> YES!!!

and it is very common on juniper ... [and arbs .... but we arent talking about them ...]

man.. you make it easy ... lol ....

an attorney never asks a question they dont already know the answer to ... i should say.. a good one, anyway .. lol ..

ken

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 6:33PM
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