Straightening a Leaning Tree?

September 17, 2021

We have a Japanese maple tree that has been in the ground 20 years, part of one side started to rot and it is leaning. Can this tree be straightened?



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Arborists advise against attempting to straighten mature trees due to probable damage to the root ball. For the trunk rot, which is likely due to fungus from the inside out, keep the soil and air on that side relatively dry by clearing mulch or pruning to allow more sunlight and air flow.

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June 2, 2010

We have a weeping cherry tree that is about 4 to 5 years old and it is leaning. How can we fix it from leaning or do we need to replant?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Judy from Middletown, OH


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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

At this point in time if you were to transplant the tree, it would die.

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June 12, 20100 found this helpful

About the only thing that I can think of to do, is to try to start training it to grow upright. Place a stake on either side of the tree, attach a wire to each stake, cover wire with a garden hose to avoid harming the tree; run the wires in opposing directions, with the main tension on the side that you want the tree to start growing correctly. You will probably have a small disformity where the tree is growing incorrectly right now, but hopefully, the tree will start to grow upward with time.


I have also placed a heavy object next to the tree to keep it from continuing to lean as it grows; this actually works as well. Just make sure to pad the part next to the tree so that it will not scrub when the tree moves in the wind and damage the bark. Success rate will depend on the circumference of the tree, and how well it is established. At any rate, you possibly have fixed the problem, but the tree ain't gonna look like new. LOL. Good luck! Blessings.

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July 26, 20100 found this helpful

We live in windy northwest Ohio, leaning trees are all too common. My husband uses metal fence posts, pounds them into the ground, using cotton rope he ties to the tree pull the tree to the correct position and secures the rope to the fence post.


Depending on how large the tree is you may have to use more than 1 post.

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September 10, 2013

I have a couple of natural weeping cherry trees that have been in the ground for 4 years. They are slanted. I guess my husband planted them like that. One is really obvious. Will they ever straighten up?

By Carol Hall B.

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