Couple for transformation.


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I have these two literati trees I wish to start styling soon. the first is a JBP. This tree is from the nursery in the article I wrote in Golden Statements recently. The tree is from Hoshiko Yamaguchi. It is about 40 inches tall and the trunk is about 1.5 inches across at the base.

The second is a shimpaku juniper. It is about 25 inches tall and about 3/4 inch across at the base.


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Hi Smoke, I like your trees. They should make nice literatis. Approximately how old would guess these trees to be? I have a 3 young shimpaku that I am growing out to make literatis with some day. I really like the sun in the background!
The pine is about 30 years old and the shimpaku is about 12 years old.
Those will be fun... you can send me the pine if you change your mind about working on it. lol

Like your Pine Al....I think its a good candidate. To me its begging for that style. The Juniper I'm not so sure about. However I am sure you have something planned that will do justice to this material...will look forward to the progression of both
That pine is going to be sharp. That was a good find.
SMOKE, I love seeing updates of older posts. Do you have anything new to share with your literati projects?

I am totally fascinated with the literati style and just can't find enough to study.
This pine has seen some work lately. It was found to be pretty weak in the state I purchased it. after a work session with Ted Matson, it was decided to repot the tree now into a better soil as the root ball was incased in mud. Ted felt that the season was good to repot now since the tree had no new buds and was literally in fall dormancy. It was potted in a ponding basket.

There is still enough good weather left this fall ( still in the high 80's and low 90's this week) to probably see if the repot sparks some movement.

The tree was also fall needle plucked to induce budding on the branch tips to ramify those areas. Basicly each branchlet ends in a single tuft of needles rather than fork. I need more tips.

Ted also let me know that this was not a black pine, but an Austrian pine. Needles will be shorter, as well as the color lighter and the growth slower. He did not feel that the low amount of buds on the trees was any reason to get excited since these pines will bud differently than JPB. The buds look like small pione cones that have dried up. But closer inspection, via TEd showed me that indeed there needles there, they are just almost microscopic. So I wasn't totally void of buds, just not very many.

I have time here so I won't push any design issues yet. We did tag all the branches for removal and I will show that later this weekend.


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