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Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  steveb on Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:57 am

This is a green Japanese Maple that was trained over a rock about 3 years ago.  I really don't know which would be the best front.  I always thought I would like seeing the entire side of the rock (first picture), but now I like how the roots flare over both sides of the rock.  Which do you think would be the best front?

Also, I don't like the 6 inches of straight trunk right on top of the rock and want it to start bending and branching closer to the rock.  I picture a very short trunk with multiple clump style branches.  I plan on chopping it back in a few months but have only chopped trident maples.  How safe is it to trunk chop Japanese Maples?  The tree grew like crazy this past summer.  The other option I have is to approach graph branches.  I have enough to put them most any where I want.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  Marty Weiser on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:27 am

I like the 2nd view the best. Japanese maples generally respond well to trunk chops. However, if you want to play it safe chop just about some of the small branches and then chop lower once it throws shoots lower. You could also do some thread grafts from the long branches about which might be faster.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:23 pm

The second pic is much the better, more natural looking, front.

You should be able to chop wherever you want.

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Post  JudyB on Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:47 pm

I agree with the second pic as the front, is very appealing. I've never chopped below existing branches on a J Maple, but if you want to decide EXACTLY where your branches will be, then thread grafting is a good way to go about it.

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  steveb on Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:39 am

Thanks Jim and Judy for the replies. If I can't get the branches exactly where I want by thread grafting, I'll chop it. The branches are mostly at the top and I'll have to bend them down quite a bit. I'll post pictures in a couple of months

Thanks again guys.

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  steveb on Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:28 pm

Not much has changed.  However I looked at this at a different angle and think this would be a better front.  Comments?

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  Richard S on Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:42 pm

Well I'm not sure that's a better front but if proves nothing else it proves that the tree looks good from all angles!

Very nice!

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  steveb on Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:11 am

Thanks Richard.  I should have posted the original front as well.  The roots now cover most of the rock from that view. I'm new to root over rock and am learning that it take years to learn what works and what doesn't. 

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  steveb on Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:11 am

Here is the old front.  I really don't know which view I like better.  Can't work iPad   Too dark for another picture. Sorry for the rotation. 




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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  Richard S on Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:42 am

Why choose a front?

Your tree roots look great from several angles. Style the top so it also looks good from several angles and plant it in a round pot!

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Re: Japanese Maple styling advice

Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:41 pm

Richard S wrote:Why choose a front?

Your tree roots look great from several angles. Style the top so it also looks good from several angles and plant it in a round pot!  




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