Should I remove the split from these silver maples?

DSrugisJanuary 24, 2012

I have 2 silver maples in my yard (~12 & ~18ft) that have a secondary branch that is fighting for the trunk. It doesn't look terrible but definitely not the prettiest trees either. Would I be best to cut off this 2nd main trunk to allow the major trunk to reaffirm itself as leader? If I do cut it off, how long should I expect it to take to straighten out and not look like I cut off half the tree? Thanks.

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Dave

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designoline6(Z6)

You should get some horticulture design's pics for selecting.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 10:00AM
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yardvaark

Cut the secondary trunk off back to the main trunk. Remove branches annually (best done during dormant season... now) to 50% of tree height as the tree grows (when they're small so it's easier to do and it re-directs growth to the top... rather than into the unwanted trunk and branches.) To straighten it out, stake and guy this tree now (while it's young and flexible.)

Looks like the little tree behind needs some of the same attention.

Others will probably tell you, too...Silver Maple is not considered a very desirable tree as it has some bad habits. Hopefully you don't need a refined appearance down the road as it can become quite scruffy looking. It will look decent during its youth and teenage years, then begin to acquire a lot of dead wood. The wood is weak, too.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 10:35AM
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nandina(8b)

There is a very active Tree Forum here on GardenWeb. You should also post your question there for a 'second opinion' if you want more thoughts beyond Yardvaark's excellent advice written above.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 1:25PM
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