Creating the right "Type" of deadwood

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Creating the right "Type" of deadwood

Post  bonsai monkey on Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:06 am

I have a Cotoneaster (not unusual) which is large and chunky (unusual) with loads of deadwood (very unusual). Some work has been made to it and I have since seen a Japanese Yew which is the “Brother from another Mother” in terms of styling (I did start mine years BEFORE seeing the image – honest!) but I am unsure how to “Style” the deadwood. Do I look at trying to recreate the dramatic deadwood of a Juniper or a Yew, which are probably the most common high percentage deadwood Bonsai about, or go a bit more rustic looking as you don’t see too many Cotoneasters in the wild with deadwood – or as a tree as a matter of fact!

I know that this might seem a soppy topic but I’d like to get the image right rather than trying to make it look like a “Juniper Wannabe!” All comments and help greatly appreciated,

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Re: Creating the right "Type" of deadwood

Post  Poink88 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:27 am

Can you post a pic? (sorry I cannot help, but might help others give you better recommendations)

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Re: Creating the right "Type" of deadwood

Post  Orion on Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:07 am

You have to ask the question-"does it fit?"

Does it fit the species in the degree of deadwood or is it going to look contrived?

Can the species sustain deadwood without quickly rotting?

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Re: Creating the right "Type" of deadwood

Post  JimLewis on Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:50 pm

A pic would help. Since there is no definitive "Cotoneaster shape" the appropriateness of deadwood may depend upon the species you are emulating.

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