How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:57 pm

Lee ann, I don't find any logical reason for leaving a single pole all winter just to cut back in spring. Most of my Paulownia are cut back in Sep/Oct and have no problems. The only difference is I don't cut shoots off with the pole. All shoots come from lower down :wink:
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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by parkeey » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:27 pm

ok hmmm well i want mine to get quite tall so not sure if to cut back... it only on 2nd yr from a tiny plant..

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by simon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:54 pm

My P. tomentosa at the front, which is as yet unpollarded still has all its leaves on. In contrast the P. fortunei 'Fast Blue' at the back has a single stem about 14 foot tall and only has a few small leaves left right at the top. I think the difference is because the large leaves resulting from pollarding are heavy and and also catch more wind, so they break off more easily.

I really want to leave one to do its thing but they don't really have the room in either location. I may leave the fortunei next spring and see what happens. I can rub off any shoots on the lower half of the stem to make sure it doesn't bush out low down and interfere with the fence and other plants. If it doesn't work out, I can always pollard it again the following year. Any thoughts?

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by lee-ann » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:59 pm

Dave Brown wrote:Lee ann, I don't find any logical reason for leaving a single pole all winter just to cut back in spring. Most of my Paulownia are cut back in Sep/Oct and have no problems. The only difference is I don't cut shoots off with the pole. All shoots come from lower down :wink:
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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by simon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:10 pm

I don't think it makes any difference when you pollard it, Lee-Ann. It just depends whether you want to look at the bare stick all winter and when you can be bothered to go out and cut it down.

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by lee-ann » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:11 pm

simon wrote:I don't think it makes any difference when you pollard it, Lee-Ann. It just depends whether you want to look at the bare stick all winter and when you can be bothered to go out and cut it down.
The latter applies to me at present. :lol:

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by parkeey » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:16 pm

its still quite small so would u let it grow another yr before pollarding..
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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by simon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:29 pm

If it has had a whole season to put roots down, I would pollard it. It should be quite vigorous next year.

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by Dave Brown » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:07 pm

I'd go along with Simon, and cut it back. You will get much stronger growth next year :wink:

This is mine which HAD 18 leaves until Sunday, now down to 4 :roll:
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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by parkeey » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:12 pm

wow kool that did reach the sky, did u chop urs this yr then..

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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by Dave Brown » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:24 pm

I did cut it back last autumn, but it is a bit deceptive as planted at the top of a wall so is actually 2 feet shorter than it looks.

Here it was from underneath back in August
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Re: How many leaves are left on your Paulownia?

Post by parkeey » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:26 pm

lol still good, what height did u rekon then without the wall then lol

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