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Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:31 am

This is a Texas ash juniper that was collected over 15 years ago. my students (Mr and Mrs Smith) receive this tree as a gift.

the is the picture of the front before wiring


and the back


left side


right side

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:42 am

Mrs. Smith worked on the tree


Mr. Smith hold paper for me to shoot the pictures of the long branches that will be cut off


After thinning old needle front


Back


right


left

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:52 am

picture of one of the long and leggy branch. new back bud is strong enough to take over.


cut off long branch and keep interior branch, this willkeep the tree compact


this is the pic of strong and healthy branch sturcture.


Long branches that we cut off


old weak branches are also removed

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:57 am

Three of us worked together and finished the tree


Mr. and Mrs. Smith are happy to see this tree is coming along nicely

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  bonsaistud on Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:59 am

G'day Boon and friends...

What a wonderful bonsai...all three of you should be very proud and happy.

A well done presentation as well...

Pat…mounted on my trusty stead, riding off wildly in all directions…

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  anttal63 on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:49 pm

Well done!!! Wow what a wonderful and unique tree. Thanks for sharing. cheers

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  Rob Kempinski on Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:03 pm

Looking good Boon. I wonder if that is the right pot though.

Every time I'm in Texas I wonder why we don't see more Texas Ash bonsai. They are all over west Texas.

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Post  Russell Coker on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:37 pm

Now that's pretty!

I'm with Rob - great pot but not quite right for me either. In Kanuma we had a sort of semi-cascade-ish/informal upright-ish satsuki bonsai with a very similar shape and form planted in that same pot (well, the antique Chinese version) only much deeper. It was a beautiful combination.

Great material and transformation.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  Tom McCue on Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:22 pm

Boon your posts are always a pleasure. I wish Califonia wasn't so far from Michigan. To learn under you would be such an honor.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:07 pm

Bonsaistud, Anttal, thank you,

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Post  boon on Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:16 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:Looking good Boon. I wonder if that is the right pot though.

Every time I'm in Texas I wonder why we don't see more Texas Ash bonsai. They are all over west Texas.

yes we are looking for a pot. probably an oval.

you did not see many of them because they die from over pruning, continuously pinching, using bad soil and bad repotting technique . And those are most common problem in the US.
I hope one day people will let the tree grow more. And stop continuously pinching, pruning and defoliating.
Learn to grow trees in the pot before learning how to style them.

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Post  boon on Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:18 pm

Russell Coker wrote:Now that's pretty!

I'm with Rob - great pot but not quite right for me either. In Kanuma we had a sort of semi-cascade-ish/informal upright-ish satsuki bonsai with a very similar shape and form planted in that same pot (well, the antique Chinese version) only much deeper. It was a beautiful combination.

Great material and transformation.

Russell

Russel,
i am not sure if the deep pot will work on this tree. if the top part is smaller, i think deep pot will look good.
I am going toward the lotus shape or oval.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:35 am

Boon,

I think the deep pot idea helps to balance the weight of the ENTIRE tree. I like the top the way it is, it's the lower branch in a shallow pot the bothers me. I don't care for branches dipping below the lip of a shallow pot, especially one a prominent as this - but that's just my opinion.

What a terrible dilemma!!

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:19 am

Russell Coker wrote:Boon,

I think the deep pot idea helps to balance the weight of the ENTIRE tree. I like the top the way it is, it's the lower branch in a shallow pot the bothers me. I don't care for branches dipping below the lip of a shallow pot, especially one a prominent as this - but that's just my opinion.

What a terrible dilemma!!

Russell

we will look it into it. if it is smaller trees we have lots of pots to play with. this one is big. we do not have too many pots to try on.
I personally, like to change the pot on my own trees. a little different colors, a little smaller, a little bigger, a little shallower, a little deeper, all these variation change the look of a bonsai and also the mood in my back yard.

they showed ash juniper with scale juniper. older members said it is not ash juniper. they are only familiar with the juvenile foliage(needle like). it caused from over pinching. and they said they die easy. I feel sad when hear that.
I worked with the Smiths since 2003. everyone still grow healthy and strong One was chosen for a logo for Texas convention a few years ago. we repot them every other year. the roots are strong in Boon mix.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  boon on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:24 am

Tom McCue wrote:Boon your posts are always a pleasure. I wish Califonia wasn't so far from Michigan. To learn under you would be such an honor.

Tom, thank you for your kind words, i hope we meet someday.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  landerloos on Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:45 am

Boon you should move to Europe, I will be you humble student. Wink
The Juniper is stunning, wish i wasnt allergic for Junipers.

Humble regards from Denmark
Peter

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Ash Juniper (cedar) soil

Post  BrentM on Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:47 pm

i live in central texas and have access to many acres of this species. I know in the wild they are in a limestone based soil. Any suggestions for a recipe for equivelent? Thanks.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  JMcCoy on Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:42 pm

That's a terrific example of the native Ashe, beautifully done! Hopefully Howard & Sylvia will display it at the Dallas state convention this month.

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Re: Texas Ashii Juniper

Post  marcus watts on Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:56 pm

boon wrote: I hope one day people will let the tree grow more. And stop continuously pinching, pruning and defoliating.
Learn to grow trees in the pot before learning how to style them.

hi Boon,
what briliant advice - I was told exactly the same thing in the UK by John Hamby regarding shimpaku - constant pinching of the foliage steadily weakens the entire branch, and eventually weakens the tree. we try to let the bulk of the foliage grow quite freely, then cut back to a strong inner shoots and carry on again doing the same. We notice the foliage 'tightens' up plenty in the years between repotting much better than by pinching all the tips off.

Lovely material

Cheers Marcus

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