The ‘Helix Root’ Limber Pine Styling-
Until a couple of years ago, I’d never worked with Limber Pine, one of our North American white pines. It’s growing on me. Buds back well, nice short needle, strong. Has a nice name, Limber Pine, which comes more trippingly off the tongue than Loblolly Pine, for instance. And it has great deadwood features.
This Limber Pine was styled in a Seasonal Workshop a couple of weeks ago. It was collected by a student of mine, Steve Varland of Backcountry Bonsai, who was able to be in the Seasonal to help style it.
Photo essay follows our journey with this tree-
Limber Pine from one side…
…and from the other side.
And a couple of shots of the base, with the ‘helix’ roots.
We discovered that a large area of the trunk was dead. That is, not obviously dead. We might call it ‘pre-shari’, because it looked just like the rest of the trunk. The bark was still adhering very well, but 50 years later out in the wilds it would be shari. So we took the bark off in those areas to speed up the process a bit… Steve and Bobby work at it.
Jim and Steve beginning the foliage preparation for wiring.
Some big bends were planned for this styling , so on goes the raffia-
The first big wires…Bobby without stripes for some reason. He did well enough without them. Hm.
Setting the branches…
Our completed tree. Well, mostly completed. For a container next spring, we were thinking of maybe a deep narrow oval, to show off those curious double helix-like surface roots. 32″ high.