Intertwining branches on 'Crimson Queen' JM ?

shelli563(zone 6 MA)September 25, 2008

We planted a beautiful Crimson Queen in August and she is doing well. She is about 5'tall and wide. Near the top of the tree, branching from the main trunk are 2 branches that have grown intertwined. They are flexible enough now that I think I can maneuver them apart if I need to without breaking the branches (considering what I paid for the tree, I don't want to break off anything unnecessarily).

Though the intertwined branches add an interesting appeal to the tree, my concern is that as the tree grows, the branches may "choke" eachother and end up dying. Is it better to untwine them or does it make no difference? I've included some photos. Thanks for your advice in advance.

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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I would cut the center one out rather than untangle it. Three branches originating from the same place on a maple branch is usually one too many.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 12:44PM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

If I leave it as is, will the branches continue to grow healthy?

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 9:21AM
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bob_devault(Z8 NC)

Very cool. Will possibly grow together, which is also very cool. I have seen this before. Really can't hurt anything, as trees are tough. They are just two branches, and as this is a shrub type maple, strength of the limbs is not a problem. Don't over worry.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 9:59AM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

I also think it is quite interesting looking, so I'll leave it as is.

Another question on caring for this tree...If I want this tree to continue to grow upward, do I need stake the leader? How do I exactly do that? Or will the tree do that naturally on its own? It appears to be a mature tree, it did not have any stake when I purchased it.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 7:48PM
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