Japanese Maple update

In continuation of the earlier Japanese maple post…maybe this new photo gives a clue to my plans. Again, how would you improve this tree?


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  1. Rusty says:

    So what branbch in the older photo are you airlayering? And what is the overall plan?

    • crataegus says:

      I’m air layering the lower right branch. The first post has a photo of the whole tree. I’m hoping people will offer their ideas of what they would do to improve this tree. I have a plan…but I’m not going to divulge it quite yet!


  2. Dannon says:

    Well I’m thinking either use the airlayer or just another maple of the same kind to create a 2nd trunk. this tree would make a great double trunk with that branch gone. Am I close?

    • crataegus says:


      You got it! That’s my thought too. Only it really has to be from this tree or the characteristics will be different: leaf, bark color, everything. So I’ll be fusing the branch to the right side of the root base, probably next spring.


  3. Caya says:

    How about a nice raft after salvaging the air layer? Integrate the air layer into the raft grouping?

  4. Jeremiah Lee says:

    I’m curious approx how long you left this on for before removing? Also, did you use a Syringe to water this and if so how often?

    • crataegus says:

      The airlayer was left on one year. If it had been a young tree that was growing hard, I probably could have taken it off in 4 or 5 months, in the early summer. Being an old tree with a lower energy, the roots took a bit longer to form. I did monitor the water in the spagnum moss, and this bag actually held too much, so at one point I took the bag off and let it dry a bit before rewrapping it.

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