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Post  AK_Panama on Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Hello,

does anyone have any information on this new style, or seen any good articles on it on the web?


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Post  JimLewis on Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:49 pm

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Post  Orion on Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:53 pm

There's a thread by sunip from Jan. 23, 2011 that discusses different styles and there is refernce to a website www.pretoriabonsaikai.org that you may find of interest. As for some species adaptable to this style, Bald Cypress is just one.


P.S. The thread by sunip was "Bonsai Styles of the World"


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Post  jgeanangel on Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:35 pm

Here is a collection of images and some personal thoughts on the subject...but I am only a student on the topic.
I took most of the images in this video but there are also several borrowed ones. I think a couple came from a Jim Lewis post on the old IBC:) Several more came from Vaughan Banting's website.

First is a pic of a couple that I am working to develop...


And now the video...

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:51 pm

The Chinese have a style called Yangzhou style.


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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:15 am

John,
Thank you for the picture tutorial! Great images and explanations. Everytime I look at Vaughn Bantings Cypress at the National Arboretum or see pictures of it I am amazed! The staff and volunteers who are maintaining it are talented as well. The tree looks like it was plucked out of the swamp!
Billy, that pine is amazing.
Best,
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Post  marcus watts on Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:22 am

the john naka 'bonsai techmiques' books have some good images and line drawings of flat topped trees and bonsai - always makes me think of Africa and the grassy plains. I like the idea of having different styles in a bonsai collection, and a variety of species too - then you get seasonal variation and a more interesting tree collection to enjoy.

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:08 am

The book Charles S Ceronio, is a book about bonsaistyles
It has a chapter about "African Styles"....
Baobab style
Pierneef style....wicth has a flat top
Flat crown style
Bushveld style...also flat.

The book is also about all other styles, and is very nice reading, ( clump styles, and so on)

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Justin Hervey on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:00 pm

There is a thread in the archive along these lines.
Here is one of the trees that was posted for that discussion:

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Post  AK_Panama on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:32 pm


Thank you everyone!!! I have a Macano which I've been thinkinf of for a flat-top.

How do these trees get flat in nature? Something makes it happen this way or is it specific spoecies only that do this?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:03 pm

AK_Panama wrote:
Thank you everyone!!! I have a Macano which I've been thinking of for a flat-top.

How do these trees get flat in nature? Something makes it happen this way or is it specific species only that do this?

What is a Macano?

Bald Cypress grow in crowded conditions where lower branches get shaded out. If a Bald Cypress is grown with enough space all around they don't get the flat top.

Wind might also shape a tree, the pines along the California coast come to mind.

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Flat-top Style

Post  ironman on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:59 pm

GREAT topic and thanks for posting...
Keep it going, please.

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:33 pm


Buddleja Saligna
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I have this photo in my book...it is a typical Pierneef-style.
The flat Top Style is compleetely flat, and all branches is growing upwards.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  jgeanangel on Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:27 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:

Bald Cypress grow in crowded conditions where lower branches get shaded out. If a Bald Cypress is grown with enough space all around they don't get the flat tops.

Often they do get flat tops when growing in the open...check out some of the photos from the video...but they often maintain lower branches which are shaded out when growing close together.

Loblolly and other pines in the southeast US also develop similar flattops once they have grown above the canopy of other trees.

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Post  AK_Panama on Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:24 pm

Here is a picture of a Macano...this isn´t mine but rather, one I found on the web. When you rip and crush the leaves it smells like cat urine.






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Post  AK_Panama on Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:44 pm

Thanks for the great video Gene, I hadn´t seen until now!! It give me a better understanding on how it look in nature in the new world.


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Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:46 am

Looks like a Tamarind.

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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:53 am

...Macano is a local name. different from Tamarind. member of the Fabaceae- legume family. "Diphysa americana". The leaves are indeed similar to tamarind and "malunggay".
It will bear small lovely yellow flowers.

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Post  AK_Panama on Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:43 pm

Noo.. this isn´t a Tamarind. That one´s called Tamarindo locally Razz

Same family. If you crush the leaves of the Macano it smells like cat urine!

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