Branch damage to a monkey puzzle tree

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  1. krc

    krc Member

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    My husband accidently backed into our monkey puzzle tree with his truck while turning around near it and broke off a section of one branch--not completely sheared off--we tried to tape it up in hopes that, miraculously, it may mend itself--what are the chances of that and if hopeless, what should I do to try to save the branch and the trees' beautifully symetric shape? It is approx. 8 ft. tall and has been planted for 3 years.
     
  2. markinwestmich

    markinwestmich Active Member

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    Depending upon how well you set the branch and how quickly you did it, it just might recover. Sort of like setting a bone and using a splint to keep it from moving. It might take just like a graft.

    If it does not, your tree will have a little "character", I guess. Perhaps with some luck it may shoot out some branches and fill in the "hole".
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It is unlikely that the break can be mended - there'll be too much weight acting on the branch for the splinting to hold.

    However, Monkey-puzzles usually shed their low branches naturally anyway as they grow taller, so in a few years you'll not be able to see the damage any more.
     

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