maple with V-crotch starting to split

tenacre(Z5 SW MI)July 12, 2014

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About 3 years ago I added a tether to the two leaders in an attempt to prevent them from splitting in strong winds.

This spring and summer we have had very heavy rainstorms with high winds. When I was inspecting the tree about a week ago, I noticed that a split appears to be forming.

At the crotch, the girth of the leader on the left is 11.2", and the right is 14". At the bottom of the split, the girth of the trunk is 17.5"

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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

Here's a closer view of the split

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:49AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

Close-up of the bottom of the split:

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:50AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

Close-up of tether:

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:51AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

I'm considering drilling a hole straight through and installing a 3/4" bolt (black horizontal line in photo)

This post was edited by tenacre on Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 12:04

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:56AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Fun to play around with, but I would cut it off at the ground.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 1:41PM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

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I plan to get as many years enjoyment from this tree as possible. I have no intention of cutting it off at the ground.

Below is a view from our kitchen window. The tree in question is the orange one slightly right of center.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:43PM
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huggorm

It does look nice from a distance. I would try to keep it as long as possible as well.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:34AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

So would I.
It didn't look like anything special in your first pics. Not even a name and it was at the edge of the woods.
Looks a little different now.
Bo

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:51AM
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