Tsuga canadensis 'pendulata' Is this worth digging for bonsai or penjing?

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Tsuga canadensis 'pendulata' Is this worth digging for bonsai or penjing?

Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:26 pm

I have had this weeping hemlock for approx 12 years. I originally bought it for bonsia material. After a couple of years, I decided to put it in the ground with thoughts that it would better serve as a landscape tree. the trunk has thickened a lot and I keep looking at it wondering. Question It is approx 95 cm tall, 1.2 meters wide.
Here are some photos. What do you think about this tree? Does it have potential to be a good tree?

Front as planted


Closer view


Ground level


Another shot


Another angle





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Post  LSBonsai on Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:38 pm

It is hard to tell from the pictures, so I don't yet have an opinion. Exposing the nebari may help you decide which direction to take.

I can, however, see that like with most T. canadensis, it is quite leggy. If you do decide to dig this, I would prepare it by doing some hard pruning a year or two before digging. Eastern hemlock do not bud back well, especially in pots. The best budding you will see is on a vigorous tree in the ground, so take advantage of it while you can.

Otherwise, it is a lovely little landscape specimen!

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Post  jgeanangel on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:42 pm

Hey Todd,

It is good that you are seeking opinions but the bottom line is that if you don't/can't see a "good" tree here than it never will be one. In my experience, in most cases when looking at this kind of material for potential the tree either jumps out at you or it doesn't. I am not one of these amazing artists (read...Bill V, Walter, Suthin, Pavel, etc..) that can take very little and making something nice from it..for me its either obviously there or its not.

From what I can see in these pictures, this particular material would remain in my landscape. At this point in my bonsai life I just don't have the time or energy to put toward less than ideal material...but that is just me:)

For what its worth:)
John

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:44 pm

I'd tend toward John's opinion.

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