Even the best striker can become dull with time … a change pot, a change in the inclination, or even a change of front can revive an old family tree and make you feel like we have a new suddenly.
This quince ‘Chojubai’ front has several possibilities. This year we decided to shake a little. The photo essay tells the story of our change front, and what we have done to make it work:
Base Quince Chojubai of the original facade. Note small but ancient branch that comes from the lower right nebari. Nebari is narrow from this front.
New frontal possibility. Old small branch is now right in our face. Nebari is the best way, however.
New front with a low branch removed. Best movement branch is this front, and also Nebari, although the tree needs a slight tip to the right to a better superior balance.
Extraction Chojubai of the pot using a root scythe.
rootball before returning to the pot. Old soil mass is 50% akadama, 50% pumice, very dense with roots (I add some lava for conifers.)
potted in the new front, with a slight change in the tilt to the right.
left side, which is close to the original facade. Tree is tilted back (pictured, left) for the new front, leaning too far forward.
Back. Also interesting curves, but with a low branch coming towards us, and the tree away from us. It is not a good choice for a striker.
Right side. Interestingly, as all sides of this tree, but like the original facade of the nebari is not very good.
With most any tree, these are the types of decisions juggled to do for the best forward: The best primary and secondary angles and points of view, the tug of war back and approach movements (impossible to photograph …) trees’ best features like nebari … all of which are combined in the overall gestalt be (hopefully) both harmonious and interesting. Great An order! We’ll be looking at it for a couple of years with renewed eyes, anyway.
This article was originally published on https://crataegus.com/2016/03/12/the-question-of-the-front/