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A reluctant goodbye to a wonderful tree

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The time has come to have this magnificent maple tree taken down. I do this with heavy heart but the trunk is rotten on the inside and also twisted and it’s on my boundary with a public footpath so can’t take the risk with all the extreme weather we’re having. Did have it looked at by several tree surgeons who all confirmed it has grown too big and become unstable. Such beautiful autumn colour though…😥 On the plus side, will have lots of logs for my log burner- there’s always a cloud with a silver lining…☁️ I have added a photo of the empty space it has left behind…,

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well at least you will be warm even though it had to go. that is such a shame though. however a new planting opportunity. hence the 'like'.

29 Oct, 2019

 

What a shame that have you had to remove it because it is a beautiful autumn colour but it is best to be safe than sorry!

29 Oct, 2019

 

Yes- it has to be done. I almost feel lime I’m losing a piece of a puzzle that makes my garden. Mind you - that space won’t be empty for long.....

29 Oct, 2019

 

Its always sad to lose a beautiful tree , at least it will keep you warm , it will be fun choosing a replacement ,another beautiful one for years to come ..

29 Oct, 2019

 

It’s a real shame, it did, look quite architectural. As said before though, you’re recycling Amsterdam, lots of lovely logs for the cold months ahead.

30 Oct, 2019

 

It's a lovely colour but looks a bit big to have in a garden. Are you going to replace it with another tree or with something else …

30 Oct, 2019

 

What a pity - you'll surely miss it. But the gold of the leaves will reappear in the gold of the flames and you will have a new space to play with...

30 Oct, 2019

 

Always sad when a tree has to go but when you adjoin public right of way you don't have any option. Enjoy planning what to put in the hole. ( & keep us posted).

31 Oct, 2019

 

I will probably leave it for a year but am hoping to plant liquid amber styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’ or a columnar sweet gum tree in its place as would really like to get autumnal colour back in my garden. 🍁

31 Oct, 2019

 

I do not know about Maples, but I do know all cut wood should be kept in the dry for 2 years before burning.

31 Oct, 2019

 

Liquidamber would be great! (Don't know the sweet gum though) Did you mean you will wait before replacing it or wait before having it down?

Golden Oldie there's an exception -you can burn ash right away -
"Ash tree brown or ash tree green
Makes a fire fit for a queen!"
But green sycamore (and I guess that applies to other Maples)certainly spits and hisses and sulks ...

31 Oct, 2019

 

Hi, the common name of Liquidamber styraciflua is sweet gum, but the species makes quite a large tree quite quickly, the cultivar 'slender silhouette' only gets to about 6ft wide, although it does put on between 1 and 2 ft per year in height, Derek.

31 Oct, 2019

 

Thanks Dereck. Won’t be planting anything anytime soon, have decided to take out huge tree peony that always disappoints when flowering. This will give me more space at front of border.

1 Nov, 2019

 

Ams I've just ordered my second Liquidamber sty. I bought a new one at this time last year it's such a glorious red colour I had to have another one ... Its also cheaper to order now as they will come in bare rooted ...

1 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Amy. I am truly tempted... May I ask where you got yours from? I have seen the Liquid amber 'slender silhouette' variety on-line as no local nursery supplies this variety.

2 Nov, 2019

 

A few years ago I had a maple chopped down because a neighbour was complaining that it stopped the sun shining into his lounge window; it was a sad day for me because it was such a beautiful red maple, splendid at this time of year. However my Lace tutor's husband is a wood turner so I asked if he would make a bobbin from the wood. In exchange for all the logs he made a pair of bobbins for me, so my beloved tree is still with me, albeit somewhat reduced in size but active on my lace pillow. I love them too.

3 Nov, 2019

 

Xela- What a lovely story!

3 Nov, 2019

 

Eventually, some trees do grow too large for a garden, and a decision must be made about saying goodbye... I hope the logs are proving useful !

10 Nov, 2019

 

Yes Teratoonie, the logs are very welcome!

10 Nov, 2019

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