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brought my yaupon holly to a recent Bay Island Bonsai workshop for trimming. Even in the cold climate of northern California, I have to fine or trim the branches every two or three months. And now, after several years of this treatment, some of the primary branches are beginning to take shape.
I began by thinning unnecessary sprouts and cut the remaining branches to create an attractive silhouette. As I discovered wayward branches, I added 1.5 aluminum wire 2mm to keep them in place. After completing half of the tree, Boon stopped to take a look. He took her scissors and began to cut – more than I expected! It turns out I was cutting the tree as if preparing for an exhibition. I left very full tree with few holes of light to reach the interior branches. As the primary branches emerging need light to allow secondary branches, more light develop necessary. Although there is a chance I will show the tree this winter, it is too early to leave the tree so full. I can reasonably expect one or two complete downloads of growth by January and these new branches need room to grow. After addition of the last cable – wired me a dozen branches – I got the tree in a stand so he could take a picture. It was at that moment I realized that the tree is still quite full. The silhouette is good and you can expect it to be even better in six months. I’m very happy with how it turned out.
Now it’s time for me to think about where exactly the front of the tree will be and what will best complement this pot holly relatively short with a large trunk.
Yaupon holly – before trimming and wiring
After trimming and wiring – front # 1
front # 2
The two fronts shown here are similar, and each has its good points. Front # 1 has a nice conical shape at the base of the trunk, and the front # 2 has strong move to the right. I’ll know more when the transplant, when I can clearly see the flare of the trunk in the transition to rootbase.
Of course, the idea of transplantation makes me wonder what kind of pot that best matches the tree. I have seen very few holly exhibitions, so they do not have a great understanding of whether the tree is best seen in glazed or unglazed clay or shapes could provide the best compliment to the tree. I feel lucky because I believe that a variety of pots could adapt well. These are some of the pots I may try this winter.
festooned pot – a conservative option
festooned pot from above
enameled rectangle – I think a glazed pot could work for the tree, but I do not know what works best
rounded rectangle – a good candidate if the attacks of trees
Shallow oval – this pot seems a bit wide; I’ll know more when transplantation
Meanwhile, I’ll keep watering and feeding the tree and make sure you get your 90 days of the setup.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com