Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

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Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

Post  Orion on Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:47 pm

I need a new set of eyes on an ugly duckling. I have had this Korean Hornbeam for 10 years. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics before someone took pruners to it and decided it needed amputation. The first pic was taken after I removed a rather large back-branch in order to encourage growth of a new apex-you can see the bud forming from this past spring.

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Pic 2 and 3 was taken today after a lot of heavy feeding and happily a new apex is forming about where the original was located. Also, you can see a nice series of side branches forming as well. So, the idea is to leave them alone and thicken.

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What about the base? It has a bit of a back-bend to it (pic 4), so I really don't see an option of changing face. I keep toying with the idea of shortening the foot on the right by about a third to a half and, next year, taking a look at the roots to determine to what degree I can visually accentuate them (sorry no virts). So, what do you guys think? I can technically it alter it without killing it, but I'm getting a brain cramp stylistically.

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Re: Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

Post  NeilDellinger on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:06 am

I wouldnt worry too much about correcting any flaws in the trunk. Aside from that the angles you shot the pics at are tough to discern any real good candidates for a front. It looks like its throwing off new shoots about everywhere, which is good. Find a little taper and a good angle for the front, then just let her have some free reign. Don't get in a hurry. Let it grow and gain some good strength and decide later after you've soaked on it. The one thing I have learned is that waiting a season is never a bad thing.

Good little short and fat tree.

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Re: Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

Post  Orion on Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:07 pm

Thank you Neil for your reply. I agree that the best option thus far is to leave it alone and let it grow out and regain taper at the apex. One of the points that I should have clarified was that it use to be a lot larger in height (close to 20 inches). I've been mulling over the idea of possibly keeping it much shorter than that, yet I not sure if that would work stylistically as a shohin. So, that's where I'm at now, trying to plan ahead a bit and try and determine whether or not the size and shape of the trunk will realistically lend itself to a much shorter version.

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Re: Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

Post  lordy on Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:16 pm

I think Hornbeams are beautiful. I might be tempted to plant it for at least a year so the foliage can pick up some size while gaining vigor. I'd imagine the tree will tell you how it should be styled when it gets there.

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Re: Korean Hornbeam. Ideas Appreciated

Post  Orion on Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:28 pm

Thank you for your reply lordy. I've really been happy with the rate of growth thus far. I agree 100% with your opinion on the beauty of the hornbeam as a species...wish I had more of them.

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