Nishiki Corky JBP

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Just got this Corky Japanese black pine.

The base/interesting nebari got my attention.

My plan is to grow the leader out to thicken the base then reduces to the 1st branch. Pretty straight forward plan.

I do not know if it has had any root work done or when. I just have to now decide if I should repot it into a large container or leave it for next spring.20220419_124717.jpg20220419_124723.jpg20220419_124735.jpg20220419_124744.jpg
 

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If anyone has any design suggestions I'm all ears. At this stage I'm aiming for a final tree that is maybe katade-mochi size 10-18" or 24 to 46cm.
 

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No apparent graft😲. How unusual! Also seems very robust for cork bark pine. Do you know specific cultivar of tree is as in title or not certain?
 
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No apparent graft😲. How unusual! Also seems very robust for cork bark pine. Do you know specific cultivar of tree is as in title or not certain?
I'm told it is a graft but a very well done one.

I don't know specifically what cultivar it just had a label on it saying "Pinus thunbergii 'nishiki' corky japanese black pine"

I'm going to trying and make some air layers once it has grown out some more.
 

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Why would you graft a cork bark tree? Would it not look really strange having cork only above the graft union, even for a yard tree?
 

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Why would you graft a cork bark tree? Would it not look really strange having cork only above the graft union, even for a yard tree?
From Jonas:
Corkbark pines aren’t as strong on their own roots as they are on black pine roots. As a result, most of the corkbark bonsai we see are grafted. The earlier these trees are grafted, the better. At about 3 years old, young black pines can be used to host scions from corkbark pines.
 

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Why would you graft a cork bark tree? Would it not look really strange having cork only above the graft union, even for a yard tree?
EXACTLY! Several hereabouts dismiss ugly non matching cork bark grafts as "accepted" for bark above them. Personally find reverse taper very unattractive/ruinous of any supposed desirability above graft😖. Good grafts seem rare.
 

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EXACTLY! Several hereabouts dismiss ugly non matching cork bark grafts as "accepted" for bark above them. Personally find reverse taper very unattractive/ruinous of any supposed desirability above graft😖. Good grafts seem rare.

This street tree outside my house has one of the best grafts I’ve seen. Not a hint of scarring. No reverse taper, either. Nice, broad shoulders, too.

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