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Bunjin Ponderosa Update

Bunjin Ponderosa Update

November 30, 2016

A couple years ago I did a post on a Ponderosa Pine bunjin, and I promised an update down the road. Here’s the ‘What became of that tree?’ post… This is where we started with the Ponderosa Pine in 2013, after some trunk cleanup and lime sulfuring. The long, twisted needles are the result of over-watering (Oil-Dri, […]

Part II: Beech Design Puzzle

Part II: Beech Design Puzzle

November 22, 2016

Well, then. This is where we made the cut on the beech tree… …to the first strong leader that continues a flowy trunk line. Tony in a festive mood. The new leader continues the flow of the trunk. In a couple years it too will be removed. Then the decision will have to be made […]

Part I: Beech Design Puzzle

Part I: Beech Design Puzzle

November 16, 2016

This Japanese Beech, Fagus crenata, has been growing in a box for several years. It had some large cuts low on the trunk that needed to be less apparent, and the only way to do that really well is to grow a larger trunk. So…we grew the top of this tree vigorously, which allowed for […]


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