Ugly Duckling Story

tsugajunkie z5 SE WIJune 11, 2013

Got an 'Orangeola' three years ago that was hideous. A flimsy whip that was bare trunk for 3 1/2 feet, a 90 degree turn, a foot more of bare trunk and 6-8 inches of leaves at the end. I told the seller that its only use was as a gag gift and they rightly replaced it. During that first year two buds sprouted on either side of the 90 degree bend. That first winter/spring the bend part died but the two sprouts grew exponentially. This, the third year, it has the makings of a swan.

Front view...

Side view...


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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI


    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 7:12PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I had one that was somewhat jacked too. Its looking quite nice now as yours.

This is a top 5 Acer palmatum for zone 5.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 11:41AM
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kbguess(z5 IA)


Resiliency stories the best, I have a Tsukushigata that was nibbled down to just above the graft somewhere around 7 years ago. I was ready to give up on it, but now it is flourishing. Thanks for sharing


    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:19PM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

I'd say it definetely turning into a swan! That's a beautiful tree!


    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:37AM
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