how to properly prune a purple leaf plum

ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5May 23, 2012

here it is in its glory [???]

lets see .. its prunus.. it has gumosis ...

its a plum .. it has black knot ...

it causing abnormal growth on a nice blue spruce ... by shading it ...

it has old unhealing wounds from sunscald a decade ago ... lack of vigor ...

and i have the chainsaw out ... hmmm .. what to do.. what to do .... i feel inspiration arising .... lol...

and.. TO TOP IT ALL OFF.. it was knocking my hat off while mowing the lawn on the rider at speed .. and that is usually the final straw ...

here it is.. with all problems solved ... in one fell swoop .... plus a drip of roundup on the cambian of the stump ... [actually.. it was 6 fell swoops.. but who is counting ...]

life is good.. mine .. not its ...

ken

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

I think that the technical term for that is 'basal cut'!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:35PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Good move in keeping that spruce...at least I hope you do!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:40PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Beautiful view now Ken. I'd try to keep the Spruce too if it's not in the way of the whole view you were hoping for. It's a gorgeous setting now with the others gone.
Cher

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:57PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Glad to see you got rid of a 'Junk' tree. Nothing but trouble, and they're everywhere! Your's was one of the better looking ones too.
Around here, I think it's the most pruned tree we have and the more it's pruned, the more you have to. The leaves always look a little worse for wear by the middle of summer and not much for Fall color.
Good move!
Mike

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:57PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

...with malice aforethought.

It needed doing. Nicely done.

tj

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 4:04PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

...with malice aforethought.

===>>> OMG.. you stole my line.. you got you some legal training there??? being a junkie and all .. lol ...

REDRUM!!!!!

basil cut cracked me up too ...

ken

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 4:16PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

My husband is always reluctant to take out any tree that to him is 'mature', regardless of its location, form, etc etc. The arborist and I long ago decided to term those situations as requiring 'basal cuts'. Since it was technical advice from an expert, he deemed it appropriate to follow. Only when the tree was down did he realize what he had agreed to!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 4:47PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

At least you had good intention pairing up the purple with the blue.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 4:48PM
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cearbhaill

I knew before I even clicked on the thread... :)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 7:46PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

At least your chainsaw fever is under control....so far.
Now you have a lot of brush to burn. Fun!
Mike

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 8:28PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

bump

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 7:25AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

lol .. bump again

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 9:43AM
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wisconsitom

Where will the pear slugs go now?

+oM

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 11:15AM
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tlbean2004

It was such a pretty tree!!! I just planted one.

Did you by chance plant a callery in its place? lol

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 11:32AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

NO I DIDNT YOU INVASIVE WEED FREAK ... LOL ..

BTW ... i thought of you.. when i bumped this up ... lol

KEN

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 6:24PM
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tlbean2004

yeah yeah

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eaga(7a Long Island, NY)

Excellent tutorial! Now if only I were permitted to have sharp implements. Lol.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2015 at 1:48PM
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alabamatreehugger(8)

I never see them down here anymore, they're not even sold at the big box stores anymore. When I was a kid in the 80's there was a very nice one in my grandparent's yard, but it was covered with black knot and finally died. It was growing alongside native Chickasaw plums and the fruit actually looked and tasted similar. The Chickasaws eventually died as well.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2015 at 6:24AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

they dont bear fruit up here in MI ...

in fact.. the one i had at the old house ... gave plums only one year in 10 ... and promptly died later that summer ...

probably an issue of flower buds dying during winter ...

ken

    Bookmark   February 21, 2015 at 10:49AM
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