Reworking A Japanese Maple
Carmen, my apprentice, said I should call this maple ‘Cousin Itt’, from the Addams Family. There is a resemblance. The spooky bit is Itt lost two branches last year. This year we let Itt run hard out of fear of losing more.
Last week we removed all the incandescent leaves (what a shame) to see what had happened within the canopy.
Japanese Maple var. ‘Cousin Itt’, before leaf removal.
After removing all leaves, but before cutting anything. Two stubs are visible from branches that died last year. These will be cleaned up next growing season.
New front option, the back. This view has the benefits of no trunk scars, better nebari, and a pleasing branch pattern.
Yes, I exist. I’ve had complaints that I never appear in my posts which has given rise to ideas of identify theft, lack of identity, or worse. Here ‘I’ am pruning away strong branches to find the new bonsai.
Pruned, but still horrible. This looks suspiciously like a pine. Too Halloweeny for a self-respecting maple.
In an initial effort to throw a wrench into pine style, a low left branch is brought up above the horizontal, suggesting a deciduous tree. Future branches will also be encouraged to rise. A mix of rising and falling branches can mimic old deciduous trees.
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