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Just got this little guy from the " famous " ( or infamous ) Bonsaismith. The tree is incredably healthy and much nicer than it looked on ebay. It was packed very well ( except for those damn styrafome peanuts but that can't be helped ). I'll post more pics after the tree settles in. I also received a smaller shimp to use as a phoenix graft which is great as well. I won't hesitate to buy from him again when I can afford it. Sure hope he doesn't post a $35,000 shimpacu
 

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Nice tree but I can't believe how overpriced the infamous bonsai smith trees can be. Hope you have fun with it. Too bad you don't live in OR cause you could get much better trees for a third of the price.
 

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Nice tree but I can't believe how overpriced the infamous bonsai smith trees can be. Hope you have fun with it. Too bad you don't live in OR cause you could get much better trees for a third of the price.

I would like to see some pictures of those Oregon trees that are much better for a third of the price, if you have the time.

keep it green,
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So would I. I have a couple of those Oregon treeswhich cost half the price and they are half the tree
 

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As for me, it is just a shame that I am not in Oregon... Ah the joys of bonsai in the desert!
 

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Here , Here !!!! Well at least we don't have to worry about our wonderfull desert junipers drowning. It would be nice to be able to keep a maple or two.

Clyde , have you tried live oaks or European olives. They do well in the ground here so maybe they would do well in the land of slots and showgirls.
 

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Here , Here !!!! Well at least we don't have to worry about our wonderfull desert junipers drowning. It would be nice to be able to keep a maple or two.

Clyde , have you tried live oaks or European olives. They do well in the ground here so maybe they would do well in the land of slots and showgirls.

Indeed they do! Both are very common landscape plants. I have several things doing well it is just a bit more of a challenge ;-)
 

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Nice tree but I can't believe how overpriced the infamous bonsai smith trees can be. Hope you have fun with it. Too bad you don't live in OR cause you could get much better trees for a third of the price.

Thanks and I hope it turns out as nice as some of those Oregan trees I see here.
 

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Looks like someone got his feelings hurt. If you can't take the feedback without getting all upset maybe you shouldn't post pictures of your tree and mention where you got it from. I'm entitled to my opinion - some like to pay for trunk and some like to pay for the shiny chinese pot and the three strands of aluminum wires that hold the skinny nonexistent primary branches in place. If you love your tree then fine but I don't think THAT trunk is worth the $290 you paid for it

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I don't know Monk, it did not sound like he got his feelings hurt. You've been a bit feisty lately don't ya think?
 

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Looks like someone got his feelings hurt. If you can't take the feedback without getting all upset maybe you shouldn't post pictures of your tree and mention where you got it from. I'm entitled to my opinion - some like to pay for trunk and some like to pay for the shiny chinese pot and the three strands of aluminum wires that hold the skinny nonexistent primary branches in place. If you love your tree then fine but I don't think THAT trunk is worth the $290 you paid for it

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Whoa sport, critiquing a tree and telling someone they got screwed are two different things. Thanks for you're expert opinion, it's always good to have professionals come post from time to time. This looks like a fun tree to style to me, a good haircut, some branch removal, a LOT of wiring and it will be a nice tree. Just my amateur opinion.

Harry
 
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Thanks Harry. It does look like it will be fun.There's a tree in an old issue of Bonsai Today thats very similar and I intend to use it as a guide. The Monk is right about one thing. The trees I've been able to buy in hot spots like Seattle and LA are cheeper. Unfortunately I don't have that option often and have to pay the " mordido " for accesability ( sp ).

I have long had a soft spot for tall thin trees and the trunk really is alittle over 1.5" and does look better in person than on the web.
 

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Didn't sound to me like hurt feelings either...:rolleyes:
 

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This looks like a fun tree to style to me, a good haircut, some branch removal, a LOT of wiring and it will be a nice tree. Just my amateur opinion.

Harry

Like this ? The pic is awfull abd the tree needs a LOT of pruning and wire but it looks to mew like a big improvement. No bragging , just an observation
 

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Like this ? The pic is awfull abd the tree needs a LOT of pruning and wire but it looks to mew like a big improvement. No bragging , just an observation

Yes it is an improvement. However; you have come to the point where you will soon discover the problem with Shimpakus: Detailing. It is important that all growth that grows downward be removed, it is important that the foliage pads be thinned to allow the light in and avoid the decline of internal branching. Sometimes we look at this wonderful, thick and luxurious mass of green, and are hesitant to thin it out (been there done that) only to discover later down the road that the tree is starting to look poodleish.
 

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