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Carpe Korea – 10 years progression

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About 15 years ago, brought a Korean hornbeam Boon to Bay Island Bonsai meeting. It was November, and the tree was in fall color. I had never seen this kind of vivid red, orange and yellow in a bonsai in person. I decided right then I wanted one.

Several years later, I found my chance. It was a medium-sized tree that had been collected in Korea.

Korean carpe as purchased, circa 2006

Work began immediately with a single cut.

After removing the apex

In the coming years, I reduced the heavy primary branches that lacked the conical shape, movement and branching. These branches were replaced with younger sprouts and cut regularly telegraphed to produce the conical shape. After a few years, the tree began to take shape.

A few years later

The main job at this stage involved the creation of primary branches and a new vertex. Every year, I let the branches grow longer during the growing season and reduced in early spring.

After trimming

Once the primary branches had their beginning, the work focused on improving branch.

I met during these early years of development, naturally the Korean carpe develop large branches. When several branches grew from the same place, I remove unnecessary. When the branches grew in fun angles, Wired them.

Below is the first picture I have a date tree. The main branch is tied to the right and two long branches sacrifice rise from the left side of the trunk.

January 2009

I let the branches sacrifice grow for several years to help heal a wound in the back of the tree where one of the original primary branches had been cut.

branches sacrificial wound healing

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A close-up of where I removed the vertex shows the closure of the wound and the new upward apex toward the right.

The healing of a wound the new apex

In the spring, the tree leafed out with green dense foliage.

May 2009

A year later, you can see the new branches that were developed.

February 2010

Like many of these branches grew in funny angles, the necessary reduction of the tree and wiring of this significant year. Once the work was done, I repotted the tree in a large pot glazed with intent to let it grow for several years. Here it is in the spring of 2010.

May 2010

That winter the tree looked similar to the way it looked last year. A lot of thin branches that needed to be wired or eliminated.

December 2010

After trimming

As the tree develops faster than expected, repotted again the following winter in a small pot in preparation for the first exhibition of the tree.

As shown in the annual exhibition number 12 BIB in 2011

As the tree develops more and smaller branches, the work became more oriented techniques mantenimiento–. Namely, defoliation

Over the years I have both fully and partially defoliated the tree. Based on my experience, I do not recommend Korean hornbeam completely defoliating in my climate of northern California. Although the tree responded to the art, a weak shoots were killed. – A result that is preventable by only defoliate the strongest outbreaks

Here’s a snapshot of the time I totally defoliated tree in 2012. ( see “defoliating one Korean carpe” of the whole story.)

May 2012

defoliation process

complete defoliation

(the most surprising result of this series of photos came in the form of an email from the magazine GQ Chinese – who wanted to use images to a product for the care of male hair’m not sure if the project never got off. the floor.)

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As you can see from the shot below side, the tree remained healthy and grew well the year following defoliation.

May 2013

And here is the tree a year later in the fall. Not the color I initially heated to variety, but not entirely, either brown.

November 2014

Last fall, I had the opportunity to present the tree at the opening of the artisans Cup. The exhibition was a great experience! – I’m hoping that there will be another

September 2015, as shown in the opening artisans Cup

This year I’m looking to display the tree in the US National Bonsai Exhibition ..

May 2016

the tree has come a long way in the last 10 years, and based on the results, I am even more excited about the next 10 years!

Speaking of the US National Exhibition .:

Countdown to the US National Exhibition .: 28 days

The US Exhibition National Bonsai in Rochester, New York, is a little less than a month away. I’ll have trees, tools, pots, books and materials available at the event, including some pine trees that are in the intermediate stages of development.

black pines

The exhibition is a great one – if there is any way I can do, join in

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Carpe Korea – 10 years progression

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