Styling my Japanese Maple

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Styling my Japanese Maple

Post  guitarman504 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:52 am


I would love to get some advice on this Japanese Maple. It has beautiful nebari , but unfortunately it grew into a slingshot. I was thinking of doing a drastic trunk chop. Either taking off one side branch or cutting it back to the split. I don't want to kill it. I also thought about doing an air layer of one side or the other before I make the cut. Any ideas on where I should cut and when I should cut? Also because the trunk size is still small I thought about just letting it grow a little larger before I do anything. HELP????? Paul

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Re: Styling my Japanese Maple

Post  JimLewis on Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:32 am

I can't tell much from those pictures (which we would prefer be posted directly here), but you will be better off waiting to do anything until later in the spring.

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Styling my Japanese Maple

Post  guitarman504 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:37 am

Thanks for the advice, I tried to post the pics directly ,but couldn't figure out how to.

It's all here: http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t243-tutorial-on-posting-pics

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Post  marcus watts on Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:50 pm

hi,

look for one decent trunk line in the material so the first cut can be the initial split (lose the least inspiring side) then work up the tree to the next fork and loose the worst bit, do this a few more times as there are plenty of splits. this will give an interesting trunk with taper and new branches casn be grown from all the buds that will appear round the cuts. Early spring, seal the cuts etc.

cheers Marcus

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Post  fiona on Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:40 pm

guitarman504 wrote:Thanks for the advice, I tried to post the pics directly ,but couldn't figure out how to.
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Re: Styling my Japanese Maple

Post  Just Mike on Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:34 am

here is my .2 cents on the subject...

first, it might be helpfull to decicide roughly what you want the finished product to be...by that i mean, what size do you want it to be, and the basic style you want it to be...keep in mind that the "style" is largely decided for you, or at the very least limited to just a few options based on the tree

size is actually really important with acers due to the length between internodes, since these are the areas where new buds can form to create branches...and by that i mean, if the length between internodes is say 5-6 inches and you are trying to create a tree that is 1 foot tall, there is no way you are going to be able to get a convincing branch structure without cutting back very hard and re-growing...so, you have to decide not only what you would "like" to do, but also what is possible and efficient to do...

so...my advice is this...look at the tree...from all angles and directions...study the length between internodes (which will vary throughout the trunk and branches) and take note of areas where the internodes are close together vs far apart, and try to picture new branches from those areas...if the decision is that you would like a med/large bonsai, then 1 of the fork branches may very well be used as a sacrfice branch...or, if the goal is a small size, then possibly both of those fork branches may be of good use in a broom style...the point is, study the tree, see what you have, and try to get atleast somewhat of an idea of where you are wanting to take it...


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Post  Twisted Trees on Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Keep in mind that when you cut off branches that these maples scar over rather thickly so make sure you make a good concave cut into the trunk.

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thanks for your help

Post  guitarman504 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:27 am

I just joined here and was surprised at how quickly everyone responded with some great tips and advice. Thank you everyone, it's nice to be able to get help as a novice that's still afraid I might prune too much , or still not sure what to look for when considering a design. You've all been quite helpful.

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