Here'a another dougy, a younger tree but the longest standing tree in my collection. Actually the first tree I ever collected and henceforth has had a bit of a tough go and slow development. This tree once went a full two maybe three seasons without opening a single bud or dropping a needle. It also survived the early deep freeze event when I lost a bunch of trees a few years ago. Amazing resiliency really. All the foliage you see now has grown from single buds close to or from the trunk while in my care. The top was reduced a couple years ago and is beginning to blend nicely now. A lot of the foliage at the upper right is a sacrifice branch/leader that will probably be removed next year. My goal for this tree is to develop a fairly classic even cookie cutter design. Something that more or less says I'm a bonsai to anyone viewing experienced in the hobby or not. First ill try to make the tree look like a bonsai and maybe later try to make to bonsai look like a tree. It's got a ways to go yet but finally there is enough growth in place to begin to form the image. It's been back and forth from pot to grow bed a number of times now. It was just put back into a pot this spring and I hope to do some shaping work next summer.
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