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Is my Cornus kousa 'Elizabeth Lustgarten' grafted?

Posted by cearbhaill Zone 6b Eastern KY (My Page) on
Tue, May 20, 14 at 12:32

I have a small Cornus kousa 'Elizabeth Lustgarten' who suffered a bit over the past long hard winter- enough so that I thought sure it was dead.
When I went to pull it out I saw new growth- one section up on a true stem and another piece sprouting from the very base.
I can't see a definite graft but sprouts from the base always worry me so I have to ask- is this generally a grafted variety?

It's from Broken Arrow in CT- I have emailed them as well but am curious what everyone has to say.


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RE: Is my Cornus kousa 'Elizabeth Lustgarten' grafted?

most trees dont roots from cuttings..

so odds are it is grafted.... as it probably doesnt come true from seed either ...

there isnt any other option ...

but without a pic.. its hard to tell you what might be going on ... mostly because i dont know what this means:

one section up on a true stem

==>> what do you mean by true stem ...???

the one from the base.. most likely is understock ... they arent grafted underground ....

any chance at a pic???

ken

ps: air layering.. and most other options.. might work for a home gardener.. who has years to maybe root ONE ... but if you think about doing it for a living.. you need hundreds to make money.. and you need success.. in volume.. so i rule out various other methods that may be floating around ...

pps: its diabolical.. to write them about the grafting question.. lol.. maybe they will just send you another... lol .. pure genius...


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RE: Is my Cornus kousa 'Elizabeth Lustgarten' grafted?

I heard back from Broken Arrow and it is indeed grafted.
Thank goodness there are a couple of tiny leaves further up the stem.


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