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This small pine goes back to when I was a potter, trying to sell them to my first convention in the mid-90 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I met Andy Smith there, and to negotiate a pot of a tree. Pine Yamadori collected in South Dakota.
For years I have grown as a powerful cascade, and grew increasingly disappointed with the look of it. About 8 years ago I added 10 grafts black pine in it. This was when I lived in Arizona. 9 took 1 died the second year, which ended with 8 grafts. Certainly an exaggeration. Then I went to Japan. When I returned, I had a strong small tree that my friend Gary Wood had kept for me in Alabama. I ended up keeping only two of the grafts, so all foliage that is only now has two rods.
This winter I started looking back and thinking it was time for a major overhaul. This is what happened. I think it’s by no means a “special” tree of importance, but I’ve been taking about what to do with the small ponderosa that give us more freedom and creativity, and graft seems an option. This has been my experimental tree … and I graft more these days because of the fun I had with him.
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2011/04/25/black-pine-grafted-ponderosa-styled/