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Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:11 am



One of my boxwoods that was recently restyled.

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Post  bonsaisr on Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:07 pm

The correct name of Kingsville boxwood is Buxus microphylla 'Compacta.' It originated in the Kingsville Nursery in Maryland.
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Post  geo on Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:47 pm

Very nice. Thanks for the photo. I do have a question, that perhaps you or another might be able to answer. Could you tell me whether or not any of the "normal" species would do well in my climate? I have a Buxus, which I purchased here from a little roadside nursery. Nice woman,didn't know the species. Repotted it and did light pruning several weeks ago. It is popping a lot of buds. It is difficult because there are so many species of Buxus, most of them tropical. And I wonder, aside from climate needs, whether they might all respond to cultivation in the same way as the temperate species.

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Re: Buxus microphylla kingsville

Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:05 pm

Iris: Thank you for the cultivar correction.

Geo: Good luck with your Buxus....I can sum up my experience as follows..over the past 5 years I have only cultivated two kingsvilles...both of them I have summered outside from approximately early May until the end of October....during the rest of the year (depending on outside temperatures) I have the trees sited in an unheated garage under fluorescent lighting for a 17 hour cycle. I live in Zone 6. Hope this helps.

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Post  geo on Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:50 pm

Thank you Tom

George.

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Post  Precarious on Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:04 pm

I feel this tree to be off-balance, like it wants to fall to the left and that's uncomfortable to me. Is it the angle pictured? I'm no expert, but that's the feeling I get.

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Post  Precarious on Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:06 pm

These replies are always hard because there are a thousand great things about a tree, for every one thing that bugs you.

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Re: Buxus microphylla kingsville

Post  Toshiro on Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:50 pm

With a few tweaks it would make a great wind swept tree.

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:45 am

David and Toshio, I appreciate your input....this style has always been a tough one for me....this forum has and always will be a learning platform for me.

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Re: Buxus microphylla kingsville

Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:46 pm

hey george... if you feel ambitious, perhaps a low ground-layer would alleviate a bit of the reverse taper and get you some bad-ass nebari going down there...

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Post  geo on Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:06 pm

I'm sure they will figure it out, but I don't think you were talking to me.

George.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:32 pm

geo wrote:I'm sure they will figure it out, but I don't think you were talking to me.

George.

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Re: Buxus microphylla kingsville

Post  Tentakelaertje on Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:39 pm

beer city snake wrote:hey george  

The tree's Tom's, Kevin Wink

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Re: Buxus microphylla kingsville

Post  Tom Simonyi on Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:06 pm

I did some further tweaking to the right side of the tree (resembling Toshiro's image that he posted in this thread) and the tree definitely looks a bit more realistic in this style now imho.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:47 pm

Tentakelaertje wrote:
beer city snake wrote:hey george   

The tree's Tom's, Kevin Wink

D'OH !  Embarassed

sorry - comment re nebari development meant for Tom  Razz

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:35 pm



Updated photograph.

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Post  Zach Smith on Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:31 pm

The styling is much better now, Tom. Great work! Have you considered repotting to a shallow rectangle or oblong and re-positioning the tree rightward?

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:55 pm

Thank you, Zach....and yes, I think repotting as you have suggested will be in the tree's future.

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Post  Zach Smith on Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:05 pm

By the way, Tom, I was moving my bonsai books and magazines last weekend and ran across a file folder labeled "Ask Zach." I stopped to take a trip down memory lane and the very first (hard-copy) letter in the file was from one Tom Simonyi. It's dated November 18, 1991, and was about Japanese maple and a hawthorn species I'd never heard of. I did okay answering the J. maple question but never could figure out the common name for your hawthorn.

The internet has certainly changed the way we communicate.

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Zach

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:39 pm

Wow, Zach...that is something...makes me realize how long I have been doing bonsai, not to mention my age now as well Smile That maple was one of my favorite trees....unfortunately it did not survive the winter of 2014 (a devstating winter for a lot of us I know)....

Thanks for sharing the memory

Tom

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