It is unfortunately impossible to estimate the age of a coppiced tree with any degree of accuracy at all; any estimate could be up to 100% or more error, either way ;-) But yes, several hundred years seems quite possible.
Coppiced maples are rare, but I have seen them occasionally. Most of the ones I have seen, are probably unintentional - someone cut down a maple, and the stump sprouted new growth without their wanting it. But there could easily be differences between Britain and Austria in coppicing practice.
So the original maple-tree could be some centuries old. How can you estimate the age of this tree. What would you say how old this tree could be originally and in its coppice-manifistation ? Is it a rarement to see a maple-coppice?
This is evidenced that this method of ancient pruning can do a very old tree, because in his natural place, the long branches can broke, the heigh of the specimen can him facilitate the fall. But when the cut are regular (between 2 to 12 years),the tree is in the good way.
The first problem is : when the reserve of nutriment of the tree who are stocked in the base of branches (strands) migrate with the time, the pruning can be prejudicial for the tree and in a few year the whole decays.
A french document, but you can see many pictures :
and a good english doc of the veteran and pollard trees :
Localisation: Doblhoffparks, Baden
Exemplaire: érable sycomore(Acer pseudoplatanus) "8443"
Espèce d'arbre: érable sycomore(Acer pseudoplatanus)
Coordonnées:48.008063, 16.221238N48 0.48378 E16 13.2742848° 0' 29" N, 16° 13' 16.5" E
Photographe: AcerusTéléchargée à 2012-06-03 21:48:04
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