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Post  mike page on Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:28 pm

This Silverberry (eleagnus pungens) is the bonsai that gave me the idea for "sumo style" bonsai more than 15 years ago. It is 21 inches tall and 36.5 inches around the base of the trunk. The pot is by Sara Rayner.
Below is a link with some info about "sumo"

Regarding the name, "Fat Albert", it refers to a 1970's Bill Cosby comedy routine about a boyhood friend

http://www.absbonsai.org/articles/sumo.html


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Post  Smithy on Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:41 pm

I really like this tree. The trunk is excellent. I like the pot as well Smile

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:57 am

But Oh, if most of the sumo trees I see today looked like this one, I'd quit nattering about them. But tipis with tassels simply don't cut it as trees for me.

And I do wish more people in this country would try Elaeagnus (I always have to look up that spelling!) as bonsai.

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Post  mike page on Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:17 am

Yes Jim, you are correct about the spelling. I left out an "a". Sad You would think I'd know better by now.

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Post  Gæst on Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:02 am

It is a very mature and interesting tree Mike. I like the aged bark at the trunk/roots. Despite of the size and compactness it still looks natural and pleasing,

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Post  Nik Rozman on Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:17 pm

An impressive one!

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Post  mike page on Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:27 pm

Morton and Nik, thanks for your kind comments!

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Post  Tony on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:08 am

Hi Mike this is a fine tree in a wonderful Sarah Pot. I would like to see the foliage have a more 'rounded' top, a wee bit flat for me... but hey...its an amazing tree Cool

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Post  Fuzzy on Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:15 pm

Beautiful tree thanks for sharing. Smile

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Post  mike page on Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:41 pm

Tony and Fuzzy
Thanks for your kind words.
Tony, I guess I am somewhat partial to trees with a broader crown. To my eye, they seem more mature. Just one viewpoint among many, and they all have their place in our world of trees.

Mike

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Post  AlainK on Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:34 pm

Hi Mike,

Judging from this tree and your avatar, at least your personal touch don't leave people indifferent Smile

I like that.

I like your Eleagnus too, I think that we see too few "apparent roots" bonsai these days (even if it's in-between a "Ishi-tsuki" and a "Neagari"). These are styles that belong to the history of bonsai, and I'm glad some are keeping it alive, even if other designs are more popular these days, especially when they have a modern, personal feel.

(How sentencious this froggie is... Rolling Eyes )


A maybe more classical view of the top part :

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Post  mike page on Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:14 am

Hi Alain
Excellent virtual! Very Happy

Thanks for your comments. I'm surprised that a Silverberry is attracting interest. I rarely see one exhibited in my area.

Mike

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Post  bonsaistud on Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:59 am

Very impressive Mike...if you keep this up, my friend, I jut might begin to like Sumos...

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Post  mike page on Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:31 pm

This is the latest image made today.
I had this old Shigaraki kiln pot sitting around. The Silverberry was due for repotting, so I decided to give it a try.
The tree is 22 inches tall and 36 inches around the base.


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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:37 pm

Hello Mike. I think the new pot is too large and angular. The original pot was much better suited I think.

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Post  F. Waheedy on Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:01 am

I think the tree stands out more in first picture (round pot)
Beautiful tree, mike.

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:23 am

will baddeley wrote:Hello Mike. I think the new pot is too large and angular. The original pot was much better suited I think.

I have to agree. As much as I like the tree, I hate the pots - both. The first one looks like an upside down cake with chocolate frosting. Sorry, not a fan of her work. The second, well, there are some nice Shigaraki pots out there, but Will's right. Yes, I know that this same pot is in D.C. in the National Collection, but that doesn't make it a quality pot - it just isn't and the men that donated those bonsai know it.

That's a tough tree, and the right pot is out there - somewhere...

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:04 pm

Mike,

Check out "Flower Rain" and "Melancholy" on page 25 of Peter Krebs' thread in the pot forum. If your tree were mine, this is the direction I'd head.

Russell


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Post  John Romano on Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:23 pm

mike page wrote:
Below is a link with some info about "sumo"

http://www.absbonsai.org/articles/sumo.html

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The link has changed for that article, Mike.
Here it is:
http://absbonsai.org/bonsai-articles/39-bonsai-features/69-sumo-shohin
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