Actually I don’t think it’s impossible, I have seen a trident once which was very elegant and definitely had a Literati feel to it. It was very playful, but the styling also looked nowhere near a conifer literati. That’s probably the key ingredientIt looks like a stick in a pot to be honest. Why are you wasting time trying to make a good literati out of this species?
in your view it is not possible to make a 'good' literati out of japanese maples in general?Why are you wasting time trying to make a good literati out of this species?
A good literati has feminine, often sinuous, movement in a thin trunk which also has the patina of age - ie aged bark. The tree @Bananaman has posted has none of these qualities and trident maples in general are not a good choice for a literati. I'd have selected hawthorn, blackthorn or ume as a deciduous species more suited to this style.in your view it is not possible to make a 'good' literati out of japanese maples in general?
lately i have been collecting photos of literati trees, and i'm not convinced that something like the shapes in the attached photos, for example, could not be interestingly achieved with, say, an arakawa maple. i'm speculating. would love to hear your thoughts.
I don't think trident maples as a species make high quality literati. Can you find one to make me have a change of heart? I have looked and not found one but I have found some cracking junipers and pines. I also think Al's tree doesn't have anything of interest to make me change my mind. It's like creating a broom out of a pine and expecting it to have the same quality as a Zelkova - it's innate qualities don't lend itself to that style of tree.@Paulpash it sounds like you might have meant specimen, not species, but also meant species?
in your post that i quoted above you discounted all maples by saying the 'species' was no good for literati, but you now seem to be using a single 'specimen' (Al's tree) to justify that claim?
i'm actually genuinely interested in learning about maples as literati, which is why i posted here. do you think the entire species (i.e. all maples) is bad for literati?
Why are you wasting time trying to make a good literati out of this species when there's Pines and Junipers to produce a much higher quality tree?
Such change of personal prejudice comes only with enlightenment some are incapable of.Can you find one to make me have a change of heart?