So many strikes against this...but it still is fighting to live

cadillactasteJuly 3, 2014

First strike...

Stress from shipping...most the foliage dried and fell off. It struggled that hurdle...and put out more back budding and was developing nicely...

Strike two...

Then...the sunroom ended up with arctic air drafts from our harsh winter. That came down through gusts of harsh winds through our professional hood range... Killing off all my new tender branches and foliage.

Strike three...

Started to back bud and out out branches off the trunk, and I was pleased...then, a case of spider mites destroyed some of those newer branches.

Finally really taking a look at it. At all the dead branches I had yet to remove from the arctic air...hoping it would pull through when spring came and it pushed growth. Nothing...so today I removed all those dead branches...and am going to leave it rest...and store up energy from all those previous hits. It's back budding...and though it's leggy I hope that the new growth may hide that appearance later on...or...if not I will address it next spring. With proper pruning in hope to encourage back back budding.

It was hard...to see the full canopy die back. Though...in my minds eye...I wanted more than a traditional canopy top for this. So the Jin doesn't bother me overly. Seeing the new growth appearing on the trunk...and it developing into branches. Is my goal at this time. That and just trying to continue to keep it healthy.

This is a weeping form of bottlebrush Callistemon. My husband thought I should toss it out...but, where there is life...there is hope. Seeing back budding as well as refining secondary branches forming on the mature branches. I am just not ready to give up on such a fighter.

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cadillactaste

Just out of curiousity...I used a bamboo stick and brought part of the branch forward, which allows the weeping bottlebrush to take on a more natural weeping form it is known for. Considering allowing the new growth on the trunk to fill in the lanky area...then wire it down...and turn this into a weeping tree that will need a stand. Allowing those lanky branches to do as it was genetically grown to do...weep and grow long.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 10:29AM
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moochinka

I don't believe it survived all that - you must have some juju! Good luck and post again next year so we can see what happened!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 10:32PM
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cadillactaste

Thanks...they say it's a pretty hardy tree. For all the strikes against it so fast in repercussions. For it arrived last fall. The only thing it can't take...is the bitter cold. That it withstood any of that arctic blast was shocking! That years, I coped with the draft when the wind blew hard and never tried to find a solution is mind boggling. But...can't go back and change the past...only can move forward. I always loved the trunks movement. And I still have that.

Part of me wanted to take this to another element...out of the norm for styling the typical broom style so often seen on this sort of tree. And I must say...this forces me to take that route. Even considering maybe doing a weeping form. Depending on how it fills in...only time will tell.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 10:05AM
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