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Old 08-04-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Has anyone here trimmed and have grown a CM into a single stem tree? I have seen some photos on line and think they look very exotic as a single stem tree and I decided to give it a shot.

I have a young one that is currently just a double trunk, one of which is nice and straight so I will use that one to prune and shape over the next few years. Just keep removing lower branches as the tree grows.

Would it be okay now to remove the other trunk now or should I wait until late winter when the plant is fully dormant ?
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Some good info here : link

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Old 08-05-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Some good info here : link

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Gemstone1
Thanks, I contacted them with my question but thought that someone who participates on this site might have created a single trunk tree. Thanks again for the link!
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Old 08-05-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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Nice. I am gonna try this look.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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The specimen trees at the J P Getty Museum of Modern Art are single stem and cultivated that way.
I can't imagine what they cost!

We have a C. Myrtle in El Monte as a single stem but I think it dates from the war. The first one.
I think by looking at other examples in the San Gabriel Valley that C. Myrtle's respond quite well to being single stem.
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Old 08-10-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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The specimen trees at the J P Getty Museum of Modern Art are single stem and cultivated that way.
I can't imagine what they cost!

We have a C. Myrtle in El Monte as a single stem but I think it dates from the war. The first one.
I think by looking at other examples in the San Gabriel Valley that C. Myrtle's respond quite well to being single stem.
I started thinking about this after a really close look at a small Crape Myrtle I bought last fall at Lowes. It was only a twin stem and one was really straight while the other had a big sweep in the outward direction.
Now, after recently being cut off a few days ago, it is a single trunk Crape Myrtle with a nice straight trunk with a symmetrical branch spread. It is very small but I am thinking it was a perfect candidate to developed into a single trunk flowering tree.

I will let it grow a bit and perhaps replant it to a permanent position in the fall of next year.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I trained all of mine to a single trunk. I'll post some pics later.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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They look much better and the canopy stays more rounded as a single trunk tree. I've also noticed single trunk trees seem to need less pruning up top.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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They look much better and the canopy stays more rounded as a single trunk tree. I've also noticed single trunk trees seem to need less pruning up top.
Would love to see the photos of your Single trunk Crape Myrtles, thanks!
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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They look much better and the canopy stays more rounded as a single trunk tree. I've also noticed single trunk trees seem to need less pruning up top.
A single trunk will give us some variety since we have a white Crape Myrtle and a small two trunk CM.

Will a small CM develope more trunks? The one I just planted is about 3 feet tall with 1/2 - 3/4 inch trunks.
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