I have a 35 year old Frankinia that has been slowly self pruning. We
are currently down to a Y shape which I had hoped to avoid. This is the
only tree we own that some folks call about sometimes to inquire on it's
status. Some sort of registry? We love having a tree that blooms in
august that also has some local lore attached to it. Franklinia was
named for Ben franklin by his friend John Bartram. None exist in the
wild ! Weird !!
Well yesterday I noticed a split forming between the two major
branches. The main trunk is about 5 inch in diameter and the two
branches about half of that. I was wondering about support. My Dad who
knows a lot more than I said Drill it and put a rod with treads thru it.
Use large washers and bolt it four times. Two on each branch,
Any thought on dealing with this issue?
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Hmm, don't know if you are in it but there is some kind of census at:
I don't know, do the people calling seem to know anything about how to
keep it healthy? Or are they part of a tree organization which might?
You'll probably get differing opinions, and I'm certainly not enough
of a tree expert to even say which opinions are right.
I would have to see the patient to make recommendations. A cable and rod
PROPERLY installed sounds like it might work. Where are you located? I
would like to place a sample under the microscope. Anyway where are you? I
am close to Bartram gardens. We do cabling and braces here. Maybe in the
winter I will work on a web site on cabling and bracing. The biggest job
with such work is where to place the cable and the brace. That's why I
would have to see the patient to make recommendations. Sorry.
It does sound like a good candidate for such a treatment, properly. Are you
in the Phila area?
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