Chinese Privet - Collected 2010

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Chinese Privet - Collected 2010

Post  Zach Smith on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:08 pm

Here's a privet I collected last year. All of the branching was grown in a single year. The top needs to fill out some more. Main trunk is 2.5" in diameter, and height is 16". The pot is a vintage Tokoname tray. Comments welcome.

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Post  Guest on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:50 pm

Hi Zach.

The tall tree seems to a have a bright future, but something looks wrong with the little tree. Is it a single tree? If it is and if it were mine I'll probably shorten the trunk of the small tree and grow a new trunk ,that way I could make it more interesting. It is too straight right now and seems to be more of a liability on the total design composition.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:58 pm

Brace yourself for the deadwood to rot, no matter what you do. I like working with Ligustrum sinensis, but if there is a big chop scar or a lot of other deadwood, the design tends to become a moving target.

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Post  Zach Smith on Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:57 pm

JimLewis wrote:Brace yourself for the deadwood to rot, no matter what you do. I like working with Ligustrum sinensis, but if there is a big chop scar or a lot of other deadwood, the design tends to become a moving target.
Oh, I know about the dead wood, Jim. Been growing privet for over 20 years. I treat with lime sulfur once or twice a year, which seems to help.

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Post  Zach Smith on Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:01 pm

jun wrote:Hi Zach.

The tall tree seems to a have a bright future, but something looks wrong with the little tree. Is it a single tree? If it is and if it were mine I'll probably shorten the trunk of the small tree and grow a new trunk ,that way I could make it more interesting. It is too straight right now and seems to be more of a liability on the total design composition.

regards,
jun Smile
Thanks, Jun. The smaller tree is a single tree, and isn't ramrod straight. I actually think it reflects the slight movement in the larger tree well. I'll see how it progresses over the next couple of years. I can always whack it down the road if need be.

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