1 bunjin juniper, 4 designs: you decide

Which design?

  • A

    Votes: 5 38.5%
  • B

    Votes: 4 30.8%
  • C

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D

    Votes: 4 30.8%

  • Total voters
    13

Zach2

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#1
Last night I styled this lovely shimpaku at a workshop, but left very dissatisfied with the result. With the magic of Microsoft paint, I present 4 different variations on this tree. I'd really like your input!

1: Status Quo
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2: More Compact
Bunjin right branch removed.jpg

3: Hardly Anything at All
Bunjin both branches removed.jpg

4: Dynamic
Bunjin dynamic.jpg

Thanks for voting!
 

Brian Van Fleet

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#3
I wouldn’t recommend taking any more off at this point, especially if you’re headed into winter. When it does fill in a bit more, it would help the design if you removed the foliage hanging below the branch lines (outlined in red). Later, you might consider adding more movement to some of the branches (yellow arrows), and make an apex. Apices are difficult to style at first, until you realize it’s simply another pad.
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Zach2

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#4
I wouldn’t recommend taking any more off at this point, especially if you’re headed into winter. When it does fill in a bit more, it would help the design if you removed the foliage hanging below the branch lines (outlined in red). Later, you might consider adding more movement to some of the branches (yellow arrows), and make an apex. Apices are difficult to style at first, until you realize it’s simply another pad.
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Thanks for your advice. You would keep all these branches in the final design?
 

Brian Van Fleet

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#5
Thanks for your advice. You would keep all these branches in the final design?
Too early to tell, but I definitely wouldn’t be taking any more off now. Let it grow into the design, and take another look in 6 months or so. If you get too hasty, you could end up losing the tree.
 
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#6
i like the first three options but voted for the third. I'd love to have a tree like that on my bench. definitely take it slow, this tree is cool
 
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#7
@Zach2 - nice tree, nice start, this is young material, it needs to develop in stages. You got an excellent development plan from @Brian Van Fleet , if I were you I would stick to his plan as closely as the tree will allow. Nicely done directions Brian.
 

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