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I planted a liquidambar styraciflua 2/3 years ago and now 10 foot high. However the trunk is very weak and it cannot stand upright without support at 6 foot level. Is this normal? What support should I put in place as it is currently bending over and almost touching the ground?

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th September 2010 07:21

Re: how to support a liquidambar

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, David,
Would you be able to post a photo? It sounds like it is too top heavy for its trunk. Perhaps it needs a little (and just a little with a tree so young) thinning out at the crown. Also, you will probably want to stake it - though I say that with caution. Make sure the stake is no more than a metre high, don't tie it to the tree to tight - allow the tree to be able to sway a little in the wind as this will help strengthen its trunk, but also make sure that there is some sort of material where the tie touches the bark to ensure the bark is not worn away or damaged as the tree moves. Finally, NEVER leave a tree stake on for more than a year.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 13th September 2010 05:32

Re: Re: how to support a liquidambar

Reply from david

photo attached - thanks for your help

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  • Posted: Wed. 15th September 2010 13:01

Re: Re: Re: how to support a liquidambar

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, David,
Thanks for posting the photo. The stake being used is far too short for this tree. Get one that is a metre high and somewhat thick - but no longer than a metre. Tie it to the tree in at least two places (somewhat loosely) and make sure one of the ties is toward the top of the stake. See how the tree does after the stake is in. If it is supported well, leave it be. If not, post another photo and that will give me an idea of whether or not you need to do some thinning in the crown.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 15th September 2010 17:21

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Reply from david

Hi Kathy,

Thanks, will do so. I did have a stake in, attached at c.4ft and it was ok - took it out and the tree flopped over as in picture. Over time, I guess it will strengthen and thicken and stay upright on its own

  • Posted: Fri. 17th September 2010 09:21