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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:19 am




Thanks Khaimraj. I don't know if all of that is deserved, but I'll take it!

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  JMcCoy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:10 pm

Russell,
Wonderful trees!! The old trunks with detail wired tops have such a peaceful image. Too many people just shear Boxwoods into a silhouet to maintain the shape, but like you show here with thinning the foliage and opening it up (and paying attention to the branch structure), they can have a COMPLELETLY different look. Even detractors to Boxwoods would have to admire these! Lovely!

I wasn't sure about the red pot, but kept looking at it. The shape and size seem too small to my eye for the illusion of a expansive live oak. The red against the leaf green though.. I probably would never have made that choice, but it pops! Did you have a Ginkgo in this pot at the New Orleans convention in 09?

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:07 pm

JMcCoy wrote: Too many people just shear Boxwoods into a silhouet to maintain the shape, but like you show here with thinning the foliage and opening it up (and paying attention to the branch structure), they can have a COMPLELETLY different look.

Thanks Joey.

I like the comment above, and that's exactly how I see it - Bonsai is refinement - at least to me. I ended up in a, well lets say "disaggreement", with a "teacher" a while back over a yaupon. Structureless masses of clipped foliage are topiary, not bonsai to me. Sorry.

Yep, that's the pot the ginkgo was in. It's now in a pot Jim Barrett made for me in '85 ("Ginkgo Weirdness" is that topic here). I have to admit I was surprised how this tree turned out - not nearly as "live oakey" as the other, and I started looking at my pot options. Everthing else I have seemed so clunky, I liked the lighter feel and uplift of this pot so I thought I'd give it a shot. Trust me, if I ever come up with a killer white wisteria, sasanqua or cameillia the boxwood will go into something else!

R

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  alexcostacurta on Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:50 pm

looks as a guy trying to hold something!... i love it!!!! congrats!v cheers cheers

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twisty oak

Post  TheMulletRapper on Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:04 pm

I thought this was unusual. This is a thirty-foot run of live Oak branches, twisted about each other. It is from Clif Pottberg's place nearPlant City, FL.


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Bob Pressler on Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:13 pm

Inspired by Russell
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Mitch Thomas on Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:52 pm

Nice one Bob, gotta love them old boxwoods!


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:18 pm



Bob, that's a nice boxwood! IF it's possible (and that's a big IF) I'd try to but some more movement in those branches. Up/down, side to side, and maybe droop the ends a little. Either way, it looks good!

Was it nursery stock or collected?

R

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Post  Bob Pressler on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:22 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. I can get some more movement in the smaller branches but the primary branches are pretty hard. This was old 15 gallon nursery stock that was hidden in the back when I bought the nursery 15 years ago. There were a couple of others as well that I've recently worked on.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Bob Pressler on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:25 pm

One of the others



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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:42 pm

Russell Coker wrote:

Hey Russell,

Check out this picture. Same pot? A lot of amazing pictures on this blog. I didn't take the picture so I didn't want to post it on here absent mindedly.

http://japanesepots.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/20121023-094859.jpg

Have a great week!!!
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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:46 am

Nice catch!

Yep, same pot. He had the two, this red and the blue in the back of that pic on the left. I told him he shouldn't have two in his collection and he should sell one to me. He asked which and I said the red one. He wanted to know what I was going to put in it. I said a sasanqua or a lady banks rose. Later he gave it to me!

R

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:07 pm

Russell Coker wrote:Nice catch!

Yep, same pot. He had the two, this red and the blue in the back of that pic on the left. I told him he shouldn't have two in his collection and he should sell one to me. He asked which and I said the red one. He wanted to know what I was going to put in it. I said a sasanqua or a lady banks rose. Later he gave it to me!

R

What a story!!! With a smiling face, I say the same to thee. One shouldn't have this many awesome boxwoods in their backyard. When you're ready maybe you can sell me this guy. Very Happy You can keep the pot though. I wouldn't want to part with that pot if it was in my collection.

I have some dear friends in Huntsville. If I ever make it there, I'll have no choice but to drive the 6 hours and come see you. My azaleas are doing AMAZING by the way. I can't wait to see the flowers next year.

Have a great weekend!!!
Sam

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Boxwood styled to look like live oak

Post  dstr on Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:36 pm

Russell,
Just saw the beautiful boxwood you styled into a live oak. (I've seen the Angel Oak outside Charleston SC several times as well as the other live oaks that populate that beautiful city. I live near Greenville,SC). You mentioned it is a Japanese boxwood. I've seen several types, one being ilex crenata which I believe is also known as a Japanese holly. Also I've heard of a kingsville boxwood. I want to attempt what you have done so I would want to try to get the best type boxwood to attempt itl Could you share with me the type of Japanese boxwood you had such success with? I would be most grateful.
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:38 pm



Hey David.

Don't waste time with Ilex crenata. These are Buxus microphylla, common old Japanese boxwoods you should find everywhere. Colder climate use B. sempervirens, but I don't think they look like these.

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boxwood pot and style

Post  abcd on Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:17 am

Hello, i think the pot is adapted for bunjing style, i prefer that one, and , cutting a big branche on the left will give a direction to your tree .
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:48 pm





I doubt you'd do that if you saw it in person.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  abcd on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:09 am

yes, off course, i respect your choice , it's just a study on photographies, but , for me, i think yhat the in the second photographie , your tree is better than in the first , your tree is less "static" .

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:34 pm




Are you familiar with our live oaks? If half of this tree dies I'll consider your plan.

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Boxwood styled to look like live oak

Post  dstr on Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:55 pm

Russell,
I found one nursery with an American boxwood. Would this work well to style as a live oak? They are checking on the availability of a kingsville in a size that would work. But in case they can't get one I wondered if the American boxwood might work.
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David Stroud
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Boxwoods

Post  dstr on Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:03 pm

Russell,
I made an error, it is an English Boxwood this nursery has, not American as I stated. I double checked & found this mistake in describing what was available.
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:25 pm

Russell Coker wrote:


Are you familiar with our live oaks? If half of this tree dies I'll consider your plan.

There are only two things this tree is missing...maybe. A large branch down to almost touching the ground and adding the image below to the base.

http://www.artisanmetalshop.com/item_images/494fc0c1d379e0d043a9a9dd52464bf8_standing%20cowboy213.jpg

Just my 2 penneth!!!
Sam


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Post  Michael T on Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:09 pm

I'm so upset to learn that box is dead. I saved a pic of it to serve as inspiration for a box I collected last spring. That's was one of the better boxwoods I'd seen. If the foliage had filled out on it, it would have been a stunner.

I'll try to post a pic of the one I'm working on here shortly. I'm really starting to like it, it just needs to fill out.

Russell Coker wrote:
Thanks guys.

Ryan, I'm not sure who came up with "live oak style" but Joe was definitely the first to start talking about it seriously in our area. Several years ago he did a great program for or Day of Bonsai, breaking down different catagories using examples around town and how to use those as bonsai. We should probably revisit that.

I'm still sick over losing this one...


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Post  Tona on Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:24 pm

Russell Coker wrote:
Thanks guys.

Ryan, I'm not sure who came up with "live oak style" but Joe was definitely the first to start talking about it seriously in our area. Several years ago he did a great program for or Day of Bonsai, breaking down different catagories using examples around town and how to use those as bonsai. We should probably revisit that.

I'm still sick over losing this one...


Hi Russel,
I'm late to the party with this post. I have 4 good sized boxwoods that I dug about two months ago. They are putting out tons of new growth already. I plan on using this picture (and others you have posted) as inspiration.
Thanx

I am so sorry that this one was lost. I really think you did a great job. One of my favorite boxwoods ever.
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Post  Guest on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:01 pm

russell i've always loved those style of trees. time to time while at work i think if i lived down south how i would approach designing and executing the tree and too top the tree off i would add hanging spanish moss love to see these trees as the years go by they will get better and better


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