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Old 02-02-2016, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Darn, I was trimming my beautiful dwarf Japanese Maple, and I noticed I forgot to take the original wire tag off the tree. It's ten years old and has a five-inch diameter trunk, but the wire has girdled the trunk to one inch in diameter. I've ruined an expensive, and beautiful, tree. Man, what a dolt.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:27 PM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Is the bark overgrowing it Grinder? I have seen that, and the tree has survived. As long as you didn't break it completely loose, it may yet survive.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Is the bark overgrowing it Grinder? I have seen that, and the tree has survived. As long as you didn't break it completely loose, it may yet survive.
The trunk isn't joined in the area past the original one inch diameter. It's toast.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:06 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Cut just below the wire. If it's still alive below, it will sprout out new growth in spring. I do bonsai, and have done "trunk chops" on several Japanese maples to achieve the appearance of an old tree with a thick, tapered trunk less than a foot tall. Of course, most Japanese Maples are grafted, so if the girdling is below the graft, you will get different leaves from the root stock. This one I cut to about 4"
after it had been growing in the ground 4 years.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Cut just below the wire. If it's still alive below, it will sprout out new growth in spring. I do bonsai, and have done "trunk chops" on several Japanese maples to achieve the appearance of an old tree with a thick, tapered trunk less than a foot tall. Of course, most Japanese Maples are grafted, so if the girdling is below the graft, you will get different leaves from the root stock. This one I cut to about 4"
after it had been growing in the ground 4 years.
This tree is four feet high and has a crown five feet in diameter. The tree still crows a full crown, but the weight will eventually cause the tree to shear at the wire girdle. I checked the limbs and they have tiny spring buds.
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Old 02-03-2016, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Your tree needs some plastic surgery:

Girdle Trunk Damage: Information And Treatment For A Girdled Tree
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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If I were anywhere close, I'd be happy to dig it up and take it off your hands. It sound like it would make great bonsai material. Perhaps you could locate a local bonsai club and contact them to see if someone might be interested, and maybe willing to pay you enough to get a replacement. If you want to try chopping it now, you could end up with a new canopy in a few years, with a shorter tree.
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