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Acacia emergency

I have moved to a 7 yr old house and small garden, neither of which have been well maintained. The garden contains a pretty small tree that I think is Mimosa, it is levering itself out of the ground in the wind, already nearing 45 degrees from vertical.  I hope to prop it with a tree stake at 45 degrees opposite angle.  It would be best to lighten the windage by pruning the head, but this is the wrong time of year.   I am in Buckinghamshire, the tree is in a sheltered garden, but in a north facing border.  What advice can anyone give?

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,157

    HELLO, YES, THERE'S A GALE BLOWING UP.image

    UNFORTUNATELY, ACACIA TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED AND HAVE NOTORIOUSLY BRITTLE BRANCHES THAT BREAK AT THE DROP OF A HAT.

    NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO. THE POWER OF THE WIND, HOWEVER BALMY, IS MUCH GREATER THAN THE STRENGTH OF A TREE TIE AND STAKE.

    THEY ARE SHORT-LIVED TREES, TOO, SO ALL YOU CAN DO REALLY IS HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PREPARE FOR THE WORST.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Oh what a pity, I feared as much, the roots must be being damaged by this. This relatively new garden has so few shrubs in it that I hoped to save it.  There is also what looks like a semi standard ceanothus, also leaning slightly, but the trunks are thicker than my arm, so no chance of returning them to upright.  I'll just have to wait for spring and see what survives, to be incorporated into garden plan.  Thank you for your prompt reply, even if not good news!

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