Japanese maple stripped

tonyb416(z5-6 NJ)September 21, 2008

I woke up one day last week and found the leader on my Bloodgood laying in tatters. It looked like something had gotten tangled up in its leaves, pulled free, and stripped the leader.

Tell me:

- Should I leave the tree alone and let it heal itself? Or

- Should I cut back the trunk that is stripped and let another branch become the leader? Maybe the branch on the left side of picture 1?

Here are a few pics for your review:

Pic 1

From Japanese Maple Graft

Pic 2

From Japanese Maple Graft

Pic 3

From Japanese Maple Graft

Thanks for your feedback and advice!

Tony

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

WTD damage. It's a little less likely to happen again if you prune the larger damaged stems back to smaller branches.

Al

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 10:41PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

WTD = White-tailed deer . . . . . in case you wondered.

Al

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 10:43PM
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tonyb416(z5-6 NJ)

Thanks, Al. You'd think deer could read the "deer resistant" tags on some trees! ;-)

Tony

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 7:48AM
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kaitain4(7)

More than likely this had less to do with eating and more to do with conditioning a new set of antlers...

K4

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 3:42PM
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seasonednurserywoman

What you want to do is cut back the damaged leader to about 3 inches above the next branch and seal it. Get yourself some grafting tape and secure the branch to the old leader. Prune about 3-4 inches of each branch to encourage new growth on the new leader.
Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 7:18PM
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tonyb416(z5-6 NJ)

Seasonednurseryman -- thanks so much!

K4 -- yeah, i figured the damage wasn't due to a hungry deer -- my attempt at a joke!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:26PM
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