Liquidambar cave

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Liquidambar cave

Post  jonathan e on Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:23 pm

This began as a 20 foot tree dug from the landscape. All of the above ground parts have been removed, and the current interesting trunk was part of the root structure below ground. The trunk and branches are all formed from suckers off of the root mass. At some point, i split the tree in two. The other half is coming along as well, and some time i may plant the two together as a small grouping. The sides of the resulting hollow sealed over, forming an intriguing cave from the main front view.The branching is coming along, although it is still too coarse and simple. Getting Liquidambar to be anything but coarse is a bit of a challenge. It is 19 inches high, currently.

rear view

other half:

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Post  Zach Smith on Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:58 pm

jonathan e wrote:This began as a 20 foot tree dug from the landscape. All of the above ground parts have been removed, and the current interesting trunk was part of the root structure below ground. The trunk and branches are all formed from suckers off of the root mass. At some point, i split the tree in two. The other half is coming along as well, and some time i may plant the two together as a small grouping. The sides of the resulting hollow sealed over, forming an intriguing cave from the main front view.The branching is coming along, although it is still too coarse and simple. Getting Liquidambar to be anything but coarse is a bit of a challenge. It is 19 inches high, currently.
Awesome material, Jonathan! My only comment is I'd remove that short straight section poking up on the lower left branch.

Zach

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sim of zach's suggetstion

Post  jonathan e on Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:14 pm

Zach,
That might work. Will take it into consideration

it also might make it look too bonsai-like. worth considering, tho...

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:41 am

I LOVE it! Sweetgum are tough trees to bonsai and you have done a great job -- one of the best I've seen.

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Post  jersanct on Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:42 am

I like this a lot, Jonathan - thanks for sharing it. I love the main hollow.

Also, the rear side of the tree looks very much like an embarrassed, naked man. Or is it just me?

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Post  海上闻樵 on Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:41 am

This is another tree, the tree is another aspect? I like this way, both attitude and shape are good.


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Post  jonathan e on Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:47 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions or virtuals for the second tree, or for combining the two?

thanks,
-jonathan

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Post  海上闻樵 on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:36 am

cheers

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