Gumwood (Pistacia lentiscus, Mastic)

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Hi all
Here is my mastic tree progression.
Yes, its thin and doesn't have a great nebari, but i like its gum odor after trimming or watering.
I will work with this one as a mame bonsai in the future, maybe.

09.08.2015
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I remember my mother offering me dried the resin to chew. It was considered a treat on the Greek island that she grew up on. I did not like the gum. I preferred modern chewing gum.

I agree with Cypress187. You should end up with only of the two current branches in your final design. Good luck. I have yet to see a Pistacia lentiscus bonsai.
 

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Be warned when you do start to remove parts of this tree that they aren't called a gumwood for nothing. It doesn't take too long to get sticky fingers and if you are doing any finer work take a bit more time to make sure you aren't stuck to a young branch or something and maybe keep a bowl of water handy to keep the fingers clean.

I have a largish Mastic in my yard and still not convinced that I want to pot it up but they grow very well in a mediterranean climate and there are some pretty cool specimens as bonsai around.
 

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Nope, i don't want twin trunk. I just hope a new bud on right side as a 2nd branch
Maybe you first need to heal the chop first (taper the tree), and re-grow the primary branches after that, I'm not sure if the transition will look good in the future, it's a very flat chop. Keep in mind I'm also still a beginning bonsaïst, I'm just giving feedback what I think, it might work also this way.
 
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