Poor bottle tree

Gypsy_NC(Zone 7b)October 3, 2011

I am going to have to replace my bottle tree. It is actually a mimosa in our yard that passed away - it looked great but as mimosa wood is soft I am afraid the wood will rot, branches fall, break bottles etc. It already went thru a tornado in which part of it fell and broke a lot of my bottles. ( we re-planted the part of the tree that fell). As it is a natural tree I want something that LOOKS like a tree. Any suggestions? I will post a picture if anyone wants.

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mosswitch

I just replaced mine this fall. I had a picturesque, twisted oak tree branch but it got old and rotten, so I cut a tall, branchy burning bush out of the woods and set it in concrete in a 2 gallon nursery pot, which I set into the ground.

I don't care for the look of the manufactured bottle trees made out of rebar or the posts with nails or dowels, I like a more natural look. Crape myrtle bushes were an original structure for bottle trees in the south at one time.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 11:02PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I would like one, and have a bunch of blue bottles saved, but wood branches would rot very quickly her in New England. There is an artist in a nearby town that has blue bottles on a piece of metal fence, but like you two, I would really like a more natural looking base.

My dh is using a special epoxy to preserve the damaged wood trim on our 1920s house. I have a fantasy of finding the perfect tree and preserving it with that, but probably won't happen!
Kathy

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 7:45AM
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pattico_gw

saywhatagnes that used to post on here had a half marble tree. To keep it from rotting she painted it with outdoor paint. You could paint your tree with a brown outdoor paint that matches the color of the natural tree. It would probably help keep it together for a few more years.

patti

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 10:56PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Primroses there are kinds of wood that won't rot quickly. I don't know what grows near you. We have thorny hedge here. I know it would be good to use, but it is hard to get into it. I think cedar would also be good for a lasting structure.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2011 at 10:16AM
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