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Mamajgarden
Jun 13, 2017 1:44 PM CST
Bought a quickfire hydrangea tree last night. Was eager to plant it today, but when I inspected the trunk prior to planting, I realized that a portion of the "bark"(Not sure if this is the correct term?)is peeled off where the bamboo type stake it is tied to had been rubbing against it. It is peeled off around at least 1/2 of the diameter of the trunk, exposing the softer, bright green center. This is our first plant of this type, and I am not sure if this is something to be concerned about. Will this damage prevent the tree from being healthy and beautiful or will it just harden/heal over this spot? It is a rather expensive tree and I would like to exchange it if the damage will be a problem.
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Jun 13, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Sloppy work on the part of the person that strapped the trunk to the stake without a cushion between the two! I'm not sure what a quickfire hydrangea tree really is (hydrangeas are shrubs, not trees), but if you paid a lot of money for it, and it is damaged, I recommend taking it back. The damaged bark will interfere with the flow of sap in the trunk, and will affect growth.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
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JuneOntario
Jun 13, 2017 3:55 PM CST
I just Googled the quickfire hydrangea, and it is an early-blooming selection of Hydrangea paniculata. The "tree" is a shrub trained as a standard (a bush on top of one stem). I could not find any reviews of how it performs in the garden, so I'm guessing it is a new introduction. I have an old H. paniculata and a newer H. p. 'Pinky Winky' in my garden, and both bushes suffer from die-back every winter and sprout anew from the surviving lower branches. What USDA Zone are you in? I hope your quickfire tree comes through winter unscathed.

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