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Posted by jay-mid-md
on 6/2/2018, 11:29 am, in reply to "Jay
Thanks. I just measured today and it's 6' 9" tall without the inflorescence. It's just over 10' tall with it. It gets 50-60 mph gusts each winter. Worse than that - the snow/ice weight damaged it permanently some years ago and now the lower trunk is 50% rotted through. I've tried steel posts and guy wires. They protected against wind but the snow weight made the trunk bend below where they were attached. So I'm just using the hurricane braces I see on new palms in the south.
This is another glorisa that gets even higher west winds. It's over 6' wide. The yard stick in the front left shows that. It's planted with no raising of the bed and gets a lot of water. This is the first year it has bloomed. I don't clip off the older leaves and I'm leaving it with a skirt. This should keep rain and rain runoff away from the trunk. My hope is that it will prevent rot. Yrs ago a DE poster on here told me to try that. (on the left a mother or father Tree Swallow keeps watch of its full nest box)
This is my Musa clump I thought was dead. It came up yellow at this point last year:
My crape, showing some dead twigs at the top. There is some type of over-fruiting dogwood in bloom behind it:
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