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Post  Ed van der Reek on Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:11 pm

This is my latest find,a Cotinus purpurea also named Purple Smokebush. Very Happy

I saw this tree at Deshima bonsaishop from Teunis Jan Klein,and recognized that this tree got great potential because it got great nebari and lovely dark purple colored foliage and flowers Cool

This tree is a bushy up-growing shrub with dark purple leafs,Autumn-color is amazing.

I ask Hans van Meer,my mentor and friend to help me with this tree.

I managed to put the large and heavy tree in my car,and drive to Hans place.

The second difficulty was to get this bloody heavy tree in my own in to Hans garden,because Hans have incredible back-pain and couldn't help me with this.

Luckily Hans allowed me to put it on his table in his living-room pffff pale


And both sitting on the floor in front off the tree we talked about all off the possibilities off this tree,and we made a plan for this future-bonsai.

Hans made a great future-drawing for me,so I had a mental reference for the design.

I removed the top off this tree,although it was very old and got a nice old shari,it was to long and strait and growing to far from the base off the tree.

And with removing this long part,the tree become more compact and a very believable powerful short tree

This was a great bonsai-day for me,I am lucky to have such a friend and bonsai-mentor like Hans.


At home I pruned this tree,and for now I let it grow freely two years,and style this tree again.





For more Pictures off this tree,you can look at my website under Album .
The link http://ed-bonsaiwebsite.magix.net/website/
Greetings Ed

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:07 pm

Update from this tree Very Happy
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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:03 am

Looking good Ed. That is a species I've never worked with. How well does the deadwood survive? I'm not certain from the photo's but it appears that there a stump on the right that needs carving?

You are lucky to have Hans near enough to consult. I've watched him at work sketching and designing with huge skill and wonderful humour on a few occasions at Burrs. I am looking forward to seeing him again this year.

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:15 pm

Hi Kev,I have preserved the deadwood with a wood-hardener because the deadwood on this specie will become soft and break off little by little Cool
And you have seen it right,I will carve the right stump next year Very Happy
And yes I am lucky to have such a friend and bonsaimentor like Hans,I have learned a lot in the couple off years from him cheers
Greetings Ed

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Tue May 25, 2010 2:34 pm

Update Very Happy


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Post  Ed van der Reek on Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:17 pm

New update Very Happy


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Post  Brett Summers on Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:23 pm

The smoke bush is a lovely tree. It has something amazing to offer all the way through the growing season. I have one as a feature tree and I would love to have one as bonsai.
I have some facination (s) on mine that I must make cuttings off.

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Post  Smithy on Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:27 pm

Great tree . I love these .

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Post  Guest on Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:44 pm

Looking really good Ed. What are you doing with the deadwood preservation?

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Post  Ian Young on Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:27 pm

Nice Ed, I was actually looking one of these up today growing on the edge of a council estate. The colour caught my eye. Now seeing yours I'll have to go have a closer look Wink

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Post  Nik Rozman on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:42 pm

What a lovelly pattern on the leves Shocked Amazing ThumbsUp

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:29 pm

Thanks all for the nice comments,and Will, I preserve the deadwood with Alabastine wood preserver ThumbsUp
This works very good and make your wood rock-hard thumbs up
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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:07 pm

Hello Ed. Could you furnish me with some more details about Alabastine wood preserver please?

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:07 pm

It's almost the same that Nik use for preserving deadwood.
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Post  coh on Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:49 pm

Very nice looking tree. What is the height and trunk thickness? I can get only a rough idea
from the pictures. Just picked up one of these at a big discount (end of summer sale), it has a
nice trunk/nebari but probably needs to be grown out a bit more. I'd like to keep it a 1-person
tree, though.

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:47 pm

Hi Chris,the height from the tree including pot is 88cm and the trunk thickness is 43,5 cm Very Happy
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Post  gordonb on Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:58 am

We had one of these in the garden where I lived before I went off to university as an adult student - I wish I has taken cuttings, or an air-layer: lovely trees with great colour, and the bark has good texture, too.

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Post  Marija Hajdic on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:28 pm

Cotinus has very nice unusual flowers, I hope that you will get them on your tree one day.

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:30 pm

Thank you Marija,I hope it will bloom next year Very Happy
Before I styled this tree,it was blooming nicely.
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Post  Ed van der Reek on Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:12 pm

New Photo update Very Happy
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Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:54 pm

I like it in leaf. Interesting looking leaves - fringed by a contrasting color. Nice.

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Mon May 09, 2011 7:36 pm

Here a Update from this bonsai in training.
I have ask My good friend and bonsai-mentor Hans van Meer to help me with this tree.
I have styled it already,but he said to me it would be better to point almost all the leafs upright like a broadleaf should grow.
He styled it with the future in mind,and the branch setting looks better and more natural looking.
And we took a thick branch away,and when we have done this the nebari looks much better already Very Happy
And I want to show you a strange fly,I call this a unicornfly.
This fly is sitting on Hans finger,and make a photo from it.
Greetings Ed











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Post  Pavel Slovák on Mon May 09, 2011 9:01 pm

Hi Ed

Very nice tree . Removing root nebari certainly benefit. Nice foto. ThumbsUp

Pavel

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Post  Ed van der Reek on Tue May 10, 2011 11:06 am

Thank you Pavel for your nice comment.
Greetings Ed

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Post  Guest on Tue May 10, 2011 11:24 am

Hello Ed. Great decision to style the branch tips upwardly. A much more powerful image I think and helps show off the structure more.
I have those little hover flies in my garden. They look fierce but are quite harmless.

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