Compacting the Apex of a White Pine
Here’s one for the nerds of bonsai—‘How to create an apex’ is unlikely to raise the ardor of those with a passing interest in bonsai. But hopefully those who are dangerously close to being nuts about bonsai will appreciate the following photos:
Japanese White pine at the beginning of the day, before removing several of the lowest branches
Konnor cleaning up his tree prior to wiring
The prepped pine before wiring
Here we’ve leapt forward a bit…the whole tree is wired and most of the branches are set, with only the apex remaining to do—
Apexes are tricky. No two ways about it. Many trees, even when you’ve shortened the higher branches as much as possible, still have the kind of legginess that this tree has. The question is, how do we compact the long branches to form an apex? By making a lot of bends up there…
Partly finished, the branches were curled and snaked around on top until the buds were all close in…the more close, snaky movements you make, the smaller your apex can become.
Most of the snaking finished with only lowering of the branchlets to do-
Essentially finished with the apex-
And the completed tree, from the new front. We forgot to measure it, shame on us! It’s somewhat larger than a dinosaur toy and yet smaller than a modest sized redwood. That’s in inches. I’ll work out the conversion to centimeters soon.
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