Acer rubrum project

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Acer rubrum project

Post  Randy_Davis on Sat May 14, 2011 6:38 pm

I've been working on this large Acer rubrum (American Red Maple) for the past three years now and thought some of you might be intrested in the progress. It has at least another 3 years to get it to the starting line of being a bonsai.

R

In the beginning April 2008


May 2009


Today May 2011

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat May 14, 2011 6:44 pm

Randy, you have done a lovely job with this tree. She is well on her way!
How do you over-Winter her?

Best, Todd

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  jonathan e on Sat May 14, 2011 7:33 pm

great start! i like the bold carved hollowing, although it seems like the hollows should be darker to appear more natural.

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  LordEOfBeckley on Sat May 14, 2011 10:12 pm

Wow, great use of deadwood and carving. The tree looks to have come a long way in 3 years, did it start from a collected tree?

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  Loke Emil on Sat May 14, 2011 10:17 pm


wow...I almost couldn't believe this is the same tree. I'm impressed ;-)

best regards from Loke Emil

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  Randy_Davis on Sun May 15, 2011 12:00 am

Thanks all, but still more work to go. Needs more winter ramification so that when It flowers and sets seed it will be a much better year around tree.

R

Todd - The tree is overwinted in a greehouse with minimal winter heat. This last winter the greenhouse went totally unheated so it got below freezing but not by much maybe 25F. Our outside low temp this last winter was -4F.

Johnathan - Actually the lower part of the trunk carving is convex and the upper part above the crotch of the tree is rather flat, so it catches the sulight different than you might think. The inner wood is soft when it is exposed and as the tree ages the bottom should have a rotted out hollow in it and the upper part will heal over with wound tissue and then bark up. Give it 10 years and it should (hopefully) look like an old tree with a natual fox den in it.

LordEofBeckley - It's a natural seedling that came up in my garden that I cut back a couple of times over a 4 or 5 year period.

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  martin kolacia on Sun May 15, 2011 10:00 am

good job!

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Re: Acer rubrum project

Post  xuan le on Sun May 15, 2011 12:38 pm

The tree looks so nice, and this is a very fast progress for just 3 years.
Keep posting the progress
Regards.

Xuan

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Post  Scooter D on Wed May 18, 2011 5:07 am

Tree looks very nice, I like the carving.

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