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Chamaecyparis pisifers -- clump style - update

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Post  JimLewis Tue May 03, 2011 4:17 pm

This is a rescue -- from a dried out potted plant left at a property we own. It had been planted in almost pure peat and didn't appear to have been watered for weeks. Pic 1 is from 2009, shortly after it was put into its new pot.

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It looked like this yesterday:

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I did some thinning, removed a branch or two, and here it is today:

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I'm no fan of clump style bonsai, but there seems to be no other choice with his one.

Suggestions welcomed. Does it need to lose any more branches?

I don't know the species, but it seems to bud back very poorly, so I can't really shorten it much, can I?

Thanks for any assistance.


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Post  Guest Tue May 03, 2011 10:53 pm

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Jim

This is crude, but I was thinking go for a multi-trunk rather than a clump and thin out the clutter let me see through the tree 'less is more' kind of thing-but yeah this is a tough one to be sure! But there is potential there I'm sure of it. Good on you for the rescue!

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Post  JimLewis Wed May 04, 2011 1:12 pm

Well, I'd thought of that, but it doesn't ring my chimes, either. Chances are if I don't start liking it a bit better than I do currently it will end up "rescued" to the yard somewhere.

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Post  Pavel Slovák Wed May 04, 2011 1:34 pm

Hi Jim
If Chamaecyparis pisifera, not with the growing problem. You need to constantly light between the branches and new buds will grow back in the old wood. But I look more as the Thuja occidentalis Rheingold. It would be a bigger problem with growing.

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Post  RKatzin Wed May 04, 2011 2:44 pm

Hi gang, I was thinking the same Pavel, but I'm a bit shy about crossing Jim, he's a real sharpshooter. I kept looking at the tree with question, my C. pisifera are blue. This Thuja looks more like Jims tree, it's an occidentalis 'Rheingold'. Beautiful recovery on the tree, Jim, and I do like clumps even though they're out of favor.
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Post  JimLewis Wed May 04, 2011 2:50 pm

Well, my ID was just a guess. It could well be C.o. 'Rheingold'. It is one of the horticultural colored sports -- which I usually avoid.

I'll look more carefully at this one and see if I can find a two-trunk design in there somewhere, but I really doubt I can get backbudding down the trunks to look like anything.

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Post  JimLewis Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:39 pm

I let it grow out some more, then trimmed and wired again. After creating several virtuals, I decided on a narrower shape by eliminating several small lower branches, leaving short jins in some cases. I wired and repositioned several trunks, lowered branches, and plucked and trimmed the foliage.

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Post  Oliver Muscio Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:50 pm

A definite improvement, Jim! It now looks more like a clump of trees, and less like a landscape shrub. I like it.
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