serpentine youngii birch - Knowledgebase Question

hoffman estates, Il
Question by lagoers
November 3, 2009
Just purchased a serpentine birch. Do I have to continue to shape the new branches,(bend and tie them?), or just trim the long hanging ones? Thank you, Linda

Answer from NGA
November 3, 2009


Since your tree is young, I'd continue to train it to grow in a serpentine fashion by hanging weights on the tips of the branches so they grow in the direction you want. I use fishing weights and hang them from cotton string until the bark on the branch stiffens up enough to keep the branch growing in the right direction. Tying is an alternative to hanging weights. I'd keep up the practice for the next few years. Enjoy your birch!

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