Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

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Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  Bruno António on Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:04 pm

Hi!

This Portuguese oak was collected for more than three years. It has more than 50 years!
It is in development and thickening of the branches, in the next year will be transplanted into a bonsai pot.
Is a very good species for bonsai, grow and adapt well to bonsai techniques. Has small leaves which in winter are from yellow, through the copper and brown.  Very Happy
Height - 70cm.
Opinions and comments!

Thank you!! Wink
Bruno.


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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  LanceMac10 on Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:11 pm

Very nice!!! I'm unsure of that dipping branch on the viewers right. Very interesting character!!

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  BobbyLane on Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:50 pm

Powerful trunk, nice bark, good movement...but it looks nothing like an Oak in nature, it looks more like a Spruce with those drooping branches, just
being honest mate.




I'd be aiming for something like this Wink

Upward rising branches will enhance the trunk and give you a far more imposing and powerful image.

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  Bruno António on Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:26 pm

Hi BobbyLane!

Unfortunately this tree does not even have a move to a "drawing" of those in image, who will be more like a forest tree "drooping hokidashi".
All branches will have much more to thicken so that they are as I will: a mountain tree, something minimalist, very old and "drooping".

Thanks for your opinion. Wink

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  AlainK on Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:55 am

A very promissing tree Bruno.

I think you should definitely keep the "dipping branch on the viewers right", but maybe turn tree round a bit: it's always hard to tell when you can't see the tree in 3 dimensions.

I had never heard of, or seen this species before (Quercus Faginea), but there are so many species. The Portuguese page on Wikipedia doesn't give a list, but look at the French version:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%AAne#Liste_des_esp.C3.A8ces

=> Wow! Shocked

Wow.

Since it is a species that only grows in Mediterranean climates, I wouldn't pay attention to pictures of oaks that grow in northern europe or other parts of the world: it's as if someone suggested you to shape a Montpellier maple from north Africa like a sugar maple from Canada, or a sycamore, or a Norway maple Rolling Eyes

This is a very unusual species in the realm of bonsai enthusiasts, and a very beautiful tree you've got there, and with proper care, you can make it a unique masterpiece. And please, don't follow any advice from people who don't live in an area where it grows, you'd just kill it!

And I've learned something else: I knew what "Da Silva" means, but among the many people of Portuguese origins that live here, a lot of them bear the name "Carvalho", and now I know that it is the equivalent of the French very common name "Duchëne", or "Duchesne" which means exactly the same: Oak (Quercus)

I must tell that to my friends Alexandra Antunes and Jean-Luc Coimbra de Brito, and Wanda who's from Brazil and whose maiden name now I'm curious to know Smile Being myself of foreign origins like 1 in 3-4 French people, I'm always interested in "what's in a name"...

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  MichaelS on Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:24 am

I like this material a lot. I has a great future.

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  Precarious on Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:00 am

With a strong, rough trunk that appears to be towering above, it is unexpected and incongruent to see it swoop so far down as to become a semi-cascade.  I too suggest removing some of the dipping branch on the right, but maybe it is a chance to learn something different. Either way, I hope you post serial pictures as it develops further.

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  Rui Marques on Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:42 pm

This tree is very promissing.

Keep us updated. ThumbsUp

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Re: Portuguese Oak (Quercus Faginea)

Post  Bruno António on Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:41 pm

AlainK wrote:
And I've learned something else: I knew what "Da Silva" means, but among the many people of Portuguese origins that live here, a lot of them bear the name "Carvalho", and now I know that it is the equivalent of the French very common name "Duchëne", or "Duchesne" which means exactly the same: Oak (Quercus)
  Smile  Very Happy


Example of working in oak nothing "naturalistic", as is most common in nature!


One of the most famous Quercus Faginea bonsai, by Luis Vallejo, Spain

Quercus Faginea in Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_faginea

Here in Portugal, in some places, they grow in small hills with no vegetation around. This was the case of this tree, which was perfectly in these conditions, so it is very common to see trees in nature with unusual configurations, different from the oak trees that can see without further north in Europe, for example.

Thank you all for the comments! Wink

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