2,520 Degree Ponderosa Pine
Two years ago I collected this Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) with Backcountry Bonsai. It was tucked under a full sized tree, somehow eking out a very long life.
Seven full rotations is 2,520 degrees of twist around the trunk…a bit of an eye boggler. It lay prostrate and un-inspiringly in its box until this fall when we started to look for a front and inclination.
We styled this bunjin pine in a fall Seasonal Class of graduating second year students. It was fun to see this tree off the ground, finally, and on a bench.
Enjoy the photo essay-
Collecting with Backcountry Bonsai—Steve Varland on the left with a massive ponderosa and Dan Wiederrecht behind the camera. The ponderosa pine featured in this post is on my back.
Ponderosa pine after two years of growth and before any work, but at the preferred front and inclination.
The Seasonal team of Carmen, Tom, and Zach cutting off old needles on the stronger shoots.
One trick: Wrapping the trunk of a delicately-barked tree like an old pine in plastic grocery bags…greatly minimizing wire, clothing, moved branches, or heavy frustrated exhalations from flaking off bark.
Carmen and Zach in a giddy moment.
And where we ended the styling session. This inclination offers challenges/opportunities for container choice; I’m considering something alternative. We’ll feature that operation in a post although it may take two repotting sessions to get there, with the first one just shortening the top half of the box.
Below are more photos of the collection of this pine-
The final image on the lower right is Steve’s signature face print, often found on the rear window of cars. I’ve never caught him in the act, so how he does it remains a secret…