Ask a Question forum: To graft my tree or not?

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Naples, ME.
Jul 29, 2017 11:11 AM CST
I transplanted my Japanese maple tree in the early spring '17 from a shady area to a sunny area. I realized after moving it, it now has two shoots from the base that grew up. The trunks are the same height and the tree looks fuller this way. So far it has grown two feet! I don't want to cut one of the trunks, so do i graft them together or what is your suggestion? Thank you for your help.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 29, 2017 11:23 AM CST

I'm not sure what you mean by grafting together. Confused Maybe a couple photos would help.

Is your Japanese Maple grafted or seed/cutting grown? Is this second stem coming up from the ground (so from the roots)? Or is it coming off the side of the first stem? If your tree is grafted and the second stem is below the graft, its a problem as you eventually lose the tree you purchased and have only the rootstock tree.

But if your tree is not grafted, it is attempting to be a multi trunked (some do that). Personally, I love the look of multi trunked Japanese Maples. I am always excited to see it happen.

Here's one from our database:

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 30, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Jaxan: I've never heard of a graphted Japanese Maple. 😕?
Anyways !
Just prune it to your desired shape.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Naples, ME.
Oct 2, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Thank you for your replies. Grafting i guess was the wrong word choice. Im not sure of the terminology, but im trying to ask if i should twist the two trunks at the base, or cut one off. They are both growing from the base of the plant, or multi-trunked. I have decided to save them both, and i twisted them somewhat together. They are doing fine. :)

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