The previous post was entirely dedicated to the Carpinus species because I have many Carpinus trees in my collection and some are in very early stage of development, and are not yet published on the blog, others that already prove potential as you were able to see visiting my last article. However, my collection has a variety of species and as follows I will post pictures of their pruning process adding also some comments about decisions that I took.
The Wild Cherry below was collected in Autumn of 2017. It grew well in 2018 but it branched only on one side of the trunk. So, the solution was to prune and wire it to mimic the wind blown bonsai style. I left the branches at about 7-8 cm long to obtain ramification distant from the trunk to be able to continue this style.
Another Wild Cherry with “elephant” style nebari. It grew some branches lower than expected. However, I left them longer to develop ramification. If in 2019 it will not bud for new branches from the main upper trunk, in Autumn of 2019 when pruning I will carve the trunk with an electric carver.
I found in the woods last year a nice slim, tall and feminine moved trunk Wild Cherry. I collected it and left it tall in order to create a literati style tree. It grew nicely long branches from the top that I have wired according to the style’s approach. I will cut back to two after bud-break in order to create dense ramification as pads on the tips of the structural branches.
Another fruiting tree is my Cornus Malus. It has a dead wood part in the middle of the trunk covered by live vein. In the future I will carve the deadwood to increase the character of the tree.
A multi-trunk Cotoneaster collected in fall of 2017. This tree had an awesome progression in 2018.
And a second Cotoneaster, this is more shohin style.
My best Fagus Sylvatica that is in between shohin and medium sized bonsai.
Last year I got a Pyracantha, about 2 m tall and potted in a very large container. I have repotted it and pruned drastically. It grew nice this year and now I pruned it for the first time to start it’s canopy.
A Linden tree that I love just because it keeps creating the branches exactly there I need them. This tree was collected in fall of 2017, and it was nearly parallel to the ground and I had to plant it vertically in order to have a correct position of the trunk. Using wires I already succeeded in creating the structural base of the tree.
To have more flowering trees, I collected a Rambling Rose last year. This grew all 2018 season vigorously. I let it run in order to make sure it will gain a lot of strength to develop strong ramification in 2019. However, all my Rambling Rose trees will be kept over winter in the basement as these are highly susceptible to frost. Using wires I have given drastic movement to the main branches. In spring I will remove the wires as the shape is already established.
The last tree I will post is an European Elm, collected by a friend of mine in spring of 2018. This as well grew vigorously all 2018 season.
Hope these will inspire you in your future work.
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