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Ugly Duckling Story

Posted by tsugajunkie z5 SE WI (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 11, 13 at 22:23

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...

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Side view...

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  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 11:41

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.

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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


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


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