A Shore Pine reworked-
This pine has been an enjoyable project for some years now. Shore pine is one of our Northwestern USA native conifers, tending to grow not far inland.
Last year we had a terrific hailstorm in June in my small neighborhood (the rest of the city was untouched), which dropped 1/2″ hail on my yard and stripped all the newly growing needles off many pines. The tree regrew buds, but as expected they did not open and grow new needles (like a black pine would). This spring the pine flushed with growth as normal, after being supported for two years with the same old needles.
So, a sigh of relief that this tree has regained its momentum. And yesterday we rewired it. That’s really what I meant to offer here…photos of the reworking…not the hailstorm story…
My apprentice Bobby Curttright adjusting wire on the Shore Pine. This image gives some idea of the scale of the tree for the next 15 photos…
Our front, after reworking. We shot a lot of details of the tree ‘in the round’, from many sides, to get a feel for the entire experience of the tree rather than one front. It’s a very interesting tree in its branching, which is the tree’s main attraction. The trunk is actually rather simple.
Moving to the right…turning counter-clockwise around the tree for the next four photos
Side view…with the long back branch. This design choice was to have a very dynamic front to back depth, which in photos sadly is rather lacking and doesn’t communicate…
This and the following photos are detail shots of the branching
Crown branch, that supplies all the shoots for the top of the tree, wired with a compact bend years ago
And our front again. Notice the cones here and there throughout the tree, I tend to leave them as they add a unique feeling to a pine. Come and visit…it’s definitely better in person.