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RE: Swamp Cypress

Subject: RE: Swamp Cypress
From: "Rupert Baker"
Date: Nov 22 2021 15:44:12
Hi Oisin,
Personal experience only - the ones on sites I inspect regularly or manage 
for clients do not show such a tendency; the very large 2-stemmed one at 
Dartington Hall in the courtyard - the best example I know of - is 2-stemmed; 
106, 108 cm dbh; bolted and cable-braced due to poor union at base; very high 
target level- in courtyard of grade1 listed building, in busy area- but no 
history of shedding more than minor twigs. See image for tree
Yours has an interesting habit of growth from the photo; looks like its been 
cloud-pruned - Niwaki.....
Atb
Rupert

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Oisin Kelly
Sent: 22 November 2021 12:35
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Swamp Cypress

Thoughts please.

I have been looking at a large swamp cypress (25m tall, 125cm DBH). It was 
previously twin stemmed, but one of the stems was truncated at 4m. 
Image attached.

In the past few years, it has shed several branches  - around 2 to 4m long, 
with basal diameter up to 150mm. After each occasion, I have inspected, but 
have not found any sign of disease, dysfunction that might alert one to 
further failures. I suspect, this may be something typical of the species and 
age. Does anyone have knowledge or experience of this? Also, any ideas on 
what pruning might be reasonably carried out to reduce the risk of branch 
failure - the short side branches do not seem to lend themselves to lateral 
reduction.

Thanks

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Oisin



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