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Squamata Juniper.

Post  ChrisV on Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:43 pm

Here is my Squamata Juniper in training.
I like the contrast of the blue foliage, red- ish bark and white of the deadwood.

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Post  Vance Wood on Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:53 pm

Beautiful tree.

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Post  ChrisV on Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:28 pm

Thanks Vance appreciated it! Smile

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Post  Vance Wood on Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:58 pm

ChrisV wrote:Thanks Vance appreciated it! Smile

It's very natural looking but I hate the pot---sorry it does the tree no justice.

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Post  ChrisV on Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:01 am

Haha you absolutely right about that. It is just a training pot next spring it will go in this one:



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Post  Tona on Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:39 am

Very nice Chris!!!
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Post  JimLewis on Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:54 am

Personally, I could do without that odd lower branch. But yes. Lovely tree.

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Post  Precarious on Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:00 pm

The topmost pad of foliage is very large and dense, relative to the rest, and gives a sense of heaviness that the rest of the upper foliage does not. I really am enjoying the trunk line and deadwood.

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Post  ChrisV on Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:35 pm

Thanks guys for the comments.
Yes that lower branch.. I am also in doubt about it, however if I remove and regret it there is no way back. So just waiting for the right moment I guess.
About the top you are absolutely right it is quite dense atm. I want the top to be multiple pads so it has to grow a bit more so things get in the right places and after that it can be pruned back and pads can be developed.
Remember it is still in training. Wink Anything can happen.

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Post  appalachianOwl on Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:43 pm

I really like this one Chris. Not a fan of that lowest branch either, throws me off balance, but hey if you like then keep it. As you said, not so easy to put it back on if you decide to remove. Thanks for sharing.

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Post  Justin Hervey on Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:23 am

Lovely image Chris - fantastic literati.

I would certainly keep the lower branch if it were mine, the branch will look a lot more natural when the wire and the wrap come off... and maybe set it a little higher.
Something like this:


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Post  ChrisV on Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:01 am

Thanks Justin,

Yes lifting the lower branch is definitely an option Thanks for pointing that out.
It will help with overall movement of the tree.
I do think I would like to keep it, because it can add just that little something to the composition and the overall shilouette doesn't look like any other Literati.
It does need some thinning out too as it looks a bit to heavy now.

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Post  Justin Hervey on Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:15 am

I agree Chris, if you lose the lower branch the tree will look like so many other Literati. In addition, I don't think the lower trunk is interesting enough to do without it.

I'm looking forward to the progress of this one, keep us updated.

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Post  Ian Warhurst on Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:44 pm

Hi Chris, I agree totally with Justin just lift the bottom branch slightly and it will be better. It certainly adds interest to the tree as a whole, have you had any trouble with spider mite. I have on my Squamata. You're doing some nice work.

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Post  ChrisV on Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:49 pm

Thanks. I will probably do that and make it ready for exhibition next season.
No I have never had troubles with spidermite.
Only thing I had troubles with was that they got to much water and poor drainage.
Seems they're roots rot really fast.
I killed heaps of them because of that Wink


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