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Poor bottle tree

Posted by gypsy_nc Zone 7b (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 3, 11 at 11:43

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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RE: Poor bottle tree

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.


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RE: Poor bottle tree

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


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RE: Poor bottle tree

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


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RE: Poor bottle tree

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.


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