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JustjanemunroJustjanemunro LincolnshirePosts: 23
Hello everyone. I am the person who had the nettle problem in our goats orchard. Which I’m pleased to say we have solved with regular topping with a tractor. Glad not to have to use chemicals. I now have a question about a tree we bought last year. I don’t know what I should do with it. As it seems to be two trees in one! I have taken a few photos for you to see. I was just wondering if I should just let it be. Or prune it. Kind regards, Jane x
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Jane, the photos haven't appeared.  You need to click the little square with a mountain in it, that will open the "upload photos" box.

    What kind of tree is it?  There are thousands!
  • JustjanemunroJustjanemunro LincolnshirePosts: 23
  • JustjanemunroJustjanemunro LincolnshirePosts: 23
    Can you see the tree now, Josusa47 😊
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397
    That's one of the fancy variegated Sycamores. It's either reverted to plain green or, more likely,  is shooting from below the graft. Plain green will win in no time, cut it off
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    It looks like Acer Leopoldii.
    The tall bit is growing from the rootstock and should be removed to allow the bit on the left of the photo to develop.
    You should be able to see where it's grafted, like a shoulder , seems to be about 8" from the ground. remove anything below. 
    Take a close up photo and post it ifyou're not too confident about it.
    Devon.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    That's better!  What's it meant to be?  The plain green bit looks like sycamore, which can grow much too big for where it's growing.  Was it sold as a variegated something?  Variegated plants are generally less vigorous than the normal version, and will often try to revert by throwing out a plain shoot, which will then outgrow the variegated portion.  If I'm right, you can just cut off the green bit close to the trunk, but it may keep happening.  And do check on the eventual size, or the roots could get big enough to damage the building.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    josusa47 said:
    That's better!  What's it meant to be?  The plain green bit looks like sycamore, which can grow much too big for where it's growing.  Was it sold as a variegated something? 

    Hostafan1 Posts: 16,133 ✭
    It looks like Acer Leopoldii. 
    Devon.
  • JustjanemunroJustjanemunro LincolnshirePosts: 23
    Thank you. I bought it as an Acer. And i noticed it was grafted on something else. So I guess it is a sycamore. So do I cut all the greenery off from below the graft? 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    edited July 2018
    Thank you. I bought it as an Acer. And i noticed it was grafted on something else. So I guess it is a sycamore. So do I cut all the greenery off from below the graft? 
    yup.
    They're both forms of Acer pseudoplatinus. A. Leopoldii, is just a fancier form of sycamore.
    Devon.
  • JustjanemunroJustjanemunro LincolnshirePosts: 23
    Oh, I see. If leave it will it die? Or if I prune the branches below the graft can I do it now? Sorry I’m not very knowledgable with plants. 😊
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