Thursday, March 31, 2016

Questioning my tree ...

Five years ago, Linda planted this tree for me. It is a flowering crab. You can see that it was just one tree that was put in the ground. Now, it has grown with more than one trunk. One is the white version, which bloomed earlier. The other is the pink, which is blooming now.

I may be wrong, but I am assuming that the pink was grafted onto the white stock. What do you think? DH wants to cut one of them out and I kind of agree, but I just hate to kill anything that is growing so well, you know? It's probably only alive because I wasn't the one who planted it.

I realize he should have pruned it before now, he's going to be screaming when it comes time to mow the yard, ha ha.

Forgive the blur - there's lots of wind
 

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  1. I, also, suspect it is a grafted tree but I am thinking it's two different varieties, as well. I have a dozen or so flowering crab trees and none of them have the type of grow pattern as the top of that tree does. The lower pink part is very typical.

    I do have a grafted Bradford pear and the only way you would know that it's grafted is the flowers are two colors. It doesn't have a clear difference as far as branches or growth goes.
    I would send you some pictures for comparison but your comment section doesn't appear to let me link images.

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    1. Hmm, never thought about it being two different varieties, but who is to know - I guess I can watch to see just what appears on the branches later, if he doesn't cut it out. I don't have any pictures of the white blossoms last week. I know the pink ones develop into tiny (unusable) apples later on.

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  2. i have no idea and no advice. i'd be afraid to kill it. :)

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    1. That's me, I don't want to be the one responsible.

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  3. If it was me I would leave it be. Might be an interesting tree but that's just me.

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  4. I believe after time it will go back to the original color after time.

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  5. Find the graft. What ever is growing under that is the root stock. Cut that bit out. but as both are flowering it really wouldn't matter if you leave them both. It makes for a great conversation starter xx

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  6. Well I'm certainly the wrong person to help with this kind of decision...if it were me I'd leave both. It looks so happy as it is :) I love crab apple trees...we had a huge one in the front yard when I was growing up...I always knew when the crab apple bloomed that the end of school was getting closer :D :D :D

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  7. I would leave them be. They're beautiful.. :)

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  8. Grafting is a big deal, someone did that on purpose, I'd leave it be.

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  9. I don't know anything about grafting, but if it is working, I would leave it alone. Two times for bloom, twice the beauty. Or something like that....

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  10. That looks like my nanking bush cherry... very pretty pink!

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