We had strong winds here in Toronto and a fence segment fell over my tree. You can see in the picture the damage. The poor tree is like cursed, over the winter we covered the tree in burlap and exactly in the week when we were south for a break we had lots of snow and the tree could not take the load and we found it bent to the ground when we came back. Somehow it survived partially because the root ball had some mobility since I planted the tree last year by the end on May, The tree was OK with that and I hoped the roots will go deep this year and the problem will fix by itself. I guess that was its luck becuae otherwise the fence would have broken the tree completely.

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What can I do with those two cuttings? Can I use them to propagate the tree?

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You do not want to try to propagate trees using branches. Only tender tips. What is your zone MiniMe? This tree should do fine in the winter without covering. The more snow the better the insulation the better it is for all plants.

I would prune these branches off your tree...cut from beneath the branch so the bark below doesn't get stripped off. Use alcohol on your sharpened pruners or pruning saw. Lovely little tree.

It will be a bit asymmetrical for awhile. Let's see what buds decide to grow after this accident before doing some pruning. See the two lower leftish branches about the same diameter? One of those is redundant. I would probably cut the higher of the two to make more air and sun for the other branches and leaves. The branch on the right side going up off the picture at the top right..see the branch branching off below that branch? That should go. Would love to walk you through a bit of pruning.

Get rid of those broken branches.

The other thing this little tree needs desperately is a tree circle around the base of your trunk. You need to remove those weeds and make sure your tree has not sunken where the soil is on the bark. Have you ever used any fertilizer? Not compost, but fertilizer? I see a bit of a circle I think but needs to be at least twice that large.

Make another question and send pictures of the entire tree from different angles. This particular species can get a lot of weight out on the end of the branches...I can see the mass branching before it goes off the page.

Your tree made it because you did not have it staked. I see the wood stake there, was that what is was for? If so when did you remove the tie downs? Staked trees are made weak. So good job!

Sweet little tree, MiniMe.

  • Lots of internet info on propagation of these: duckduckgo.com/?q=rooting+japanese+maple&t=ffsb&ia=web May 5, 2018 at 15:32
  • Thanks Wayfaring...just make this into an answer. This was all he needed anyway! Just needs to use the tips of those branches, perfect site to answer his question. I just was more concerned about his mother tree. And thus TMI. Sigh. and Grins...
    – stormy
    May 5, 2018 at 22:44

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