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Looking for advice on what to do to this plant/"tree"

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by NAlberto, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. NAlberto

    NAlberto Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi All,

    Since I moved into this house this lovely "tree" was - straight - and looks quite nice looking from the front..
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    But throughout the years and I guess with the help of the wind it keeps leaning more and more.
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    I am now always worried that one of these days it will go and brake in half
    What would you advise I could do here please?
     
  2. Macraignil

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    Looks like a buddleia and these are subject to getting blown over by strong winds as you can see in this video I posted a couple of years back. They can be chopped back fairly severely and will grow back again. I did this with most of mine last autumn and although the stumps seemed dead for a while fresh growth has sprouted up on them and most are blooming and back to a similar height to what they were before I cut them down severely. For some reason some of them decided to grow from underground and not bothered with the stump I left so you might end up with more of a multi-stemmed shrub than a tree when it grows back but it is probably better than letting it fall over on its own which might do more damage.

    Happy gardening!
     
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    • Upsydaisy

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      We cut all ours back severely every year and they always grow back to a good size. Have no fears the space will get refilled for the following summer display.:dbgrtmb:
       
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        I agree with the above comments, cut it right back and it will regrow into a better shape.
         
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        • NAlberto

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          oh I see, thanks for the swift replies. now over to convince the wife to do that :love30::yikes:
           
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          • Michael Hewett

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            Well it's either that or the tree will fall down and probably bring the fence with it. I can't see what else is going to happen.
             
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              Unfortunately this happens quite often. When a tree or large shrub is being planted, note should be taken of it's eventual height and spread, including root spread if possible. It's much to close to the fence.
               
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