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Old 04-14-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Japanese Maple Question

Ok OT arborites, I need some help.

I live in a townhouse in the city with a small patio. Smack in the middle of this patio is a large, well established Japanese maple, I think its a "crimson queen". The tree is beautiful, really just stunning. Itís like a giant bonsai- very Miyagi...

Problem is space is at a premium and frankly, the tree renders most of the already small patio useless. It has to go. I want it to go to good home as opposed to just hacking it down, but turns out there's not much of a market for these things. I put it on Craigslist, but so far, no takers.

Nobody know really wants it. Anybody ever unloaded tree? Any thoughts?

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Old 04-16-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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Stunning! I'd love to take it. It would be easier for me to just drive across town to buy one though. Best of luck finding a happy home for it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #3
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It's not easy to dig up a tree and especially not a well established one in the middle of the city. As sad as it is, you're probably better off cutting it down.

Beautiful tree though.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:04 AM   #5
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The tree adds some nice color. What about trimming it?
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The tree adds some nice color. What about trimming it?
Eh, its just that it's literally right in the middle of the patio. I'd like to have a more open layout with pavers in the center and a border of plants around the sides.

Its a beautiful tree and we really love just looking at it from the living room, but it reduces the useful space of the patio in half.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #7
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You can dig that up and save it for sure. Get some advice for digging it out and put it on craigslist.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:58 AM   #8
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Judging by your picture, there are a lot of other things at hand here that is making your patio space unusable other than the tree. Move those hostas under the tree and use the outside space. What about putting some grass under it to sit under the tree?

There just seems to be a lot of wasted space around the tree so maybe rather than cut it down, use what you have efficiently.

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:03 PM   #9
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Judging by your picture, there are a lot of other things at hand here that is making your patio space unusable other than the tree. Move those hostas under the tree and use the outside space. What about putting some grass under it to sit under the tree?

There just seems to be a lot of wasted space around the tree so maybe rather than cut it down, use what you have efficiently.
True, there is some waisted space, pretty much all the space you see in the pic, but the biggest prob is the large footprint of the tree.

Even if we were to make 100% use of the are outside of the tree's footprint, we'd still be looking at about having about 35-40% of the sqft of the patio nearly unusable. I have a landscaper coming to take a look today to see what can be done. I'll keep you posted the fate of the crimson queen...
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I don't mean to come off abrasive, it's your patio and what not, but that tree is EPIC! you are F'in CRAZY to cut that thing down.
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That's a beautiful Japanese maple. Call a local landscaper and they might take it off your hands. I would hate to see that tree get cut.
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Prune it
http://www.finegardening.com/pruning-japanese-maples
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I've thought about a japanese maple in our yard. Pretty trees
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I had a beautiful Japanese Maple in our front yard at the old house. A snow storm came and dumped 3 feet of snow one year and split the tree right down the center. I drilled two holes though the trunk, bolted it back together, put screws eyes in the two biggest branches on opposite sides and then strung picture frame wire between them. Then I coated the split with a little wound dressing and it grew up to be beautiful. The arborist that came over to trim it years later said it was worth between $7k-$8k... But to move it would cost almost as much!

Call a local landscaper and get some free work done in return for them getting the tree... I wish you lived closer... I just bought 15 acres on the river that would do this tree proud.
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I had a beautiful Japanese Maple in our front yard at the old house. A snow storm came and dumped 3 feet of snow one year and split the tree right down the center. I drilled two holes though the trunk, bolted it back together, put screws eyes in the two biggest branches on opposite sides and then strung picture frame wire between them. Then I coated the split with a little wound dressing and it grew up to be beautiful. The arborist that came over to trim it years later said it was worth between $7k-$8k... But to move it would cost almost as much!

Call a local landscaper and get some free work done in return for them getting the tree... I wish you lived closer... I just bought 15 acres on the river that would do this tree proud.
I've tried a bunch of local landscapers, they all say its 50/50 that the tree would survive a move. Not really worth it for them, which surprises me. Its sad, but I think the tree's days are numbered..
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I know this thread is a bit old, but one thought would be to find a local wood worker that might be interested in using the trunk of the tree. Maybe they could carve it into something interesting with all the twists.

At least the tree wouldn't be a total waste.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:34 AM   #17
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I know this thread is a bit old, but one thought would be to find a local wood worker that might be interested in using the trunk of the tree. Maybe they could carve it into something interesting with all the twists.

At least the tree wouldn't be a total waste.
Bad news for those of you who've come to love that tree, as I have. We went ahead and "removed" the tree. After much consultation, it was just too hard to save the tree, given the size of the root ball. Sad day I know, but the new patio is so much more functional for us. The space has been doubled and come the spring, I'll be putting some serious time and effort into plants/trees in the remaining soil. See project below. The end result blends much more than the photos suggest. I was pleasantly surprised:

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