View Full Version : Live Oak Trimming?

10-15-2004, 04:24 PM
I recently had two new live oaks planted. There have been above average winds lately, and the tree itself is abnormally tall but not wide. The upper 1/3 of the tree bends in one direction, I dont know that even using stakes and ties on the lower portion would help much. Should I have it trimmed, is there anything that can be done or will it eventually correct itself?

10-15-2004, 07:55 PM
My initial reaction is to leave it alone - but it depends on how badly it's bent over. Some corrective pruning might be called for. Can you post a picture?

Often, recently transplanted trees have been sheltered from the wind where they grew in the nursery, so they haven't developed a windfirm structure. It will gradually acclimate to the greater exposure to the wind in its new location.

Quirky Quercus
10-15-2004, 09:56 PM
Actually, I'd have to say that's pretty typical for newly transplanted live oaks based on my observations. Where I live, new construction homes are required to have 4 trees planted, and since live oaks transplant easily here and are readily available and inexpensive, every builder uses them and you can see every new house has these live oak "sticks" which over the course of a year get quite tall pretty quick but don't spread out very much. In fact if you're interested, I'll be happy to photograph mine tomorrow in the daylight if you want to see what a 1 year-after transplant looks like (after 2 h-canes!) Of course they were kind of bent at the top before the storms like you described.

10-20-2004, 12:13 PM
Taxodium, a picture would be great when you get a chance.
Also, I'll try to post those of mine. I was actually able to get them pretty straight for the time being, I just hope they widen and strengthen over time. They really are taller than any I've seen before - not sure if this is a good or bad thing.