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Perfecting a 10-year pine

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Instead of making long-term goals for the trees, I often make plans in the short-medium term based on the current condition of the tree . This is true for many of the black pines that have grown from seed, especially for those who can not see the obvious future.

Pine below is one of these trees. It has little conical and only a few low branches that do not make it a great candidate for a small bonsai. Because the trunk is straight, it is not a candidate for super casual or formal either upright styles. I’m thinking that finally will pick a new direction for the trunk in a year or two, but as the lower branches are small, I’ll wait to make that decision. For now I am reducing the apex to stimulate growth closer to the base of the trunk, so you will have good choices for new leaders in the way.

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10 years of black pine

After reducing the apex

After thinning branches

I worked on quite similar pines know I can be a pleasant – or unpleasant – surprised by the development of trees’ in just one year. We’ll see what next year brings for this tree.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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