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Crimson spire columnar oak leaning

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Crimson spire columnar oak leaning to one side at the top only. Having a heck of a time getting a hold of an arborist in my area. 

My tree is two years old and is now leaning down at the top. My question is am I better of trimming this part of the tree off ? I tried supporting with thick dowel and anchoring to a post with wire. 

I have attached some photo to show what I mean. If anyone has a solution that'd be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you

 

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18 minutes ago, Kewbla said:

Thank you for the fast reply Paul. Is there a time that's best for trimming this tree? Or is right now optimal. 

 

I attached another picture where I think I might cut it. Just above the y split there. Will that be an ok spot or do I risk damaging the tree. 

 

 

Thank you again,

 

Joel

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Hi Joel. Cutting at either point would be on photo attached will be fine. After pruning the tree should  grow vertical as it is away from the influence from other close trees in the nursery situationoak.2jpg_LI.thumb.jpg.7af502fe33d2fd95eb86763f70b969aa.jpg.

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The tree was probably growing amongst other trees in the nursery. It looks a healthy tree, reduce the height to where it is straight. Cut just above a growing point - ie don't leave a stump.

 

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2 hours ago, Paul Cleaver said:

The tree was probably growing amongst other trees in the nursery. It looks a healthy tree, reduce the height to where it is straight. Cut just above a growing point - ie don't leave a stump.

 

Thank you for the fast reply Paul. Is there a time that's best for trimming this tree? Or is right now optimal. 

 

I attached another picture where I think I might cut it. Just above the y split there. Will that be an ok spot or do I risk damaging the tree. 

 

 

Thank you again,

 

Joel

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1 minute ago, Paul Cleaver said:

Hi Joel. Cutting at either point would be on photo attached will be fine. After pruning the tree should  grow vertical as it is away from the influence from other close trees in the nursery situationoak.2jpg_LI.thumb.jpg.7af502fe33d2fd95eb86763f70b969aa.jpg.

Awesome! Thank you Paul. Have a great day

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Yes, the tree could be pruned as suggested above, but on the other hand it might be interesting to leave it alone. It will either straighten itself up now that it is free of the competition it appears to have responded to in the nursery, or it will keep its lean and the new growth will curve back up to become vertical. If the latter, then in time the tree will have an interesting form which will become optimised so shouldn't be a weakness....

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I would see if a long decent diameter bit of bamboo or like, could be used, attached to the straight section of trunk, then see if you can bend the bending part of the trunk to the vertical and attach it to the bamboo.  Tie with horticultural string  and do not forget to remove in 2-3 years time.  

 

If the tree will only partially come vertical, see where this is, stand back, have a think, then see if you can prune the bent part to a growing point that will grow vertically and form a new leader.

 

   

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