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    04-28-2016
    It's all good, if the little guy makes it we can start over and still have a sentimental attachment. The other tree just never wanted to grow, so now we have replaced it with something hopefully more suited to the space it's in.
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    04-28-2016
    Ended up pulling out both trees. The maple has a sapling coming up out of the ground off one of the roots that is now potted and seems to be adapting well, so we were able to salvage something. Thanks for all the advice everyone!
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    03-24-2016
    Not exactly, but that's what happpened. I was in a pot in a very shaded backyard for several years, moved to a very shady front yard for about a year, and then transplanted to a very sunny location for the last 6 years. It was pretty much mistreated by lack of effort it's entire life until we got it, and then we let it get sun scorched not knowing any better. When we first got it, it was very tall but had almost no foliage and the trunk was very thin. It was super happy when it got planted and started growing so rapidly it could not support its own weight and had to be supported, plus all the weight was on one side because it was always reaching for sun.
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    03-24-2016
    My coworker has 12 Japanese maples and was showing me pics of his that he did this to. 3 years later it's 8 ft tall.
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    03-24-2016
    Thats a hell of an idea, thanks! The pistache is right along a drip line that we kept going through the drought. Not a ton of water, but regular water. The maple was probably getting overwatered as the drip line ends there and I found it had been leaking at little bit.
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    03-24-2016
    The Pistache on the other hand, it's budding and is always a slow starter. That said, we have lived in this house for 8 years (tree was existing) and its pretty scrawny and the trunk is maybe 6' with a few branches reaching up to 12-15ish feet. This is listed as a moderate growth rate tree, so that seems awfully slow.
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    03-24-2016
    That's what I have been reading, though to be fair the spores on the trunk only appeared this year. Last year it was just the bark splitting, no other signs of issues. :( Nope, not a joke. As stated above the tree was fine last year other than the bark splitting. I also believe it to be dead, but I wanted to get a few opinions on people who perhaps knew more than the little I know about trees. Thanks
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    03-23-2016
    I assumed as much. As you can see we are in the middle of refinishing that planter in the middle, if it needs to come out, were were hoping to do it now.
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    03-23-2016
    Hi all, Hoping I can get some help here, as the "arborists" I have had come out are guessing at best and really only want to cut things down (even though I have told them over the phone what I need help with). I have 2 trees that have splitting bark and what I believe to be Schizophyllum commune. One is a Chinese Pistache and the other one is a very sentimental Japanese Maple and the trees are in Sacramento CA. After doing my own research I believe the trees to be sunscalded, I have 3 trees all doing the same thing on the bare trunks that get the most sun. The Pistache and Maple also have fungus on them. The Maple was a tree we transplanted when our friends lost their home, it was symbolic for their mother and had her ashes placed in the hole prior to being planted the first time. When it was first planted it had been neglected and was very tall with little foliage as the owner was depressed from the loss of his mother. Japanese Maples were her passion. I highly suspect the Maple is toast, the black stuff is pruning seal that someone from Home Depot told us to use. Its the only tree on my property not showing signs of life. Please let me know if theres any hope, or if it would be better to just bite the bullet and pull either one of them. Thanks all.
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